Gremlins Reviews

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
December 6, 2013
A wildly original roller-coaster ride of hilarious mischief.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
December 4, 2013
A horror-comedy about cute little Christmas toy/pets who turn into murderous monsters wreaking havoc on a Norman Rockwellian town.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Variety Staff
Variety
November 27, 2007
The humans are little more than dress-extras for the mechanics.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
November 27, 2007
What's confusing yet ultimately illuminating is the way his gremlins function as a free-floating metaphor, suggesting at separate junctures everything from teenagers to blacks to various Freudian suppressions.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
November 27, 2007
Dante is perhaps the first filmmaker since Frank Tashlin to base his style on the formal free-for-all of animated cartoons; he is also utterly heartless.
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Dante gleefully sinks his teeth into the kind of fluffy, sugary, sickly small town fantasy beloved of his pal and sometime producer Spielberg.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
At the level of Serious Film Criticism, it's a meditation on the myths in our movies: Christmas, families, monsters, retail stores, movies, boogeymen. At the level of Pop Moviegoing, it's a sophisticated, witty B movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Gremlins is far more interested in showing off its knowledge of movie lore and making random jokes than in providing consistent entertainment.