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Mimic (1997)



Average Rating: 6.6/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 3

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While one would imagine that the average New Yorker would be used to dealing with bugs after years of apartment dwelling, a scientific experiment gone wrong results in an insect that even Raid can't handle in this sci-fi/horror thriller. In Manhattan, cockroaches are spreading a deadly disease that is claiming hundreds of the city's children, so entomologist Susan Tyler (Mira Sorvino) uses genetic engineering techniques to create what she and her colleague (and husband) Peter Mann (Jeremy

Apr 21, 1998

LionsGate Entertainment

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All Critics (57) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (14) | DVD (16)

It comes off smarter and creepier than I recall the original, less about scares than a sustained atmosphere of eerie unease and skittery threats.

May 19, 2012 Full Review Source:

Viewers will be forgiven for wanting to rush next door and douse their neighbor with RAID.

May 8, 2012 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

While a visual treat, Mimic is exactly that, a film which mimics other styles and plot elements. In this case Alien and David Cronenberg's The Fly and Videodrome.

January 29, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN DVD

It's clear now that Del Toro's favorite themes and symbols were already in place, with the vast underground setting, machinery, and man's interference in the supernatural order of things -- not to mention a talent for pure terror.

September 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Mimic: The Director's Cut on Blu-ray is a true gift for fans.

September 24, 2011 Full Review Source: Dread Central

Preposterous, yes, but a lot of fun.

February 14, 2009 Full Review Source:

Fairly lame bug horror. Not del Toro's best, to put it mildly.

July 18, 2008 Full Review Source:

Del Toro does not make Tyler a symbol of science gone out of control or of science for greed, instead he makes her a scientist who in doing good has created a monster and has to live with that guilt.

July 10, 2008 Full Review Source:

Del Toro consegue criar alguns bons momentos de tensão e o filme conta com um design de produção bastante acima da média para exemplares do gênero. Ainda assim, a história óbvia, típica de uma produção B, resulta em um longa descartável.

March 7, 2007
Cinema em Cena

a real creepfest, directed for maximum chilliness

July 29, 2002
Kalamazoo Gazette

A fun, goopy throwback to the Monster Flicks of yesterday.

July 29, 2002

It looks scary, but it doesn't feel scary. The elements are in place, but they're too familiar. Surprise is gone.

June 18, 2002 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Followed its terrific first half with a descent into horror movie formulaic crap.

February 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

Del Toro did what he set out to do, make an intelligent, enjoyable 'big bug' film.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

Del Toro proves that he doesn't just have a way with the poetic stuff: He can construct a nail-biter with the best of them.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
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Audience Reviews for Mimic

Mimic is a well executed Sci Fi horror film. I went into this one expecting something average, and what I got was a definite surprise. Although not a great film by any means, Mimic works well due to the terrific direction of Guillermo del Toro. This is an underrated film in my opinion and it is a far better movie than what people have said about it. The cast here are quite good, but for me the idea and effects here are the standout of the film. Mimic is a treat for genre fans and it most certainly has something to offer to anyone looking for a well thought out and entertaining movie. Del Toro has crafted one of his finest movies here, only surpassed by Pan's Labyrinth and Pacific Rim. This is an entertaining, atmospheric horror film that delivers some effectively well placed shocks. The creatures look great and the effects, like I said are simply wonderful and make the film what it is. I think that despite the fact that it's not too original, Mimic works well due in fact to the interesting and well written script. Add in the good looking monsters, and you have a film that stands out. This film seems to be forgotten, and it's a great shame because there is some truly engaging moments in del Toro's movie. The director's Cut of the film is the one to watch and it far exceeds the theatrical cut of the film, which I find lacked. Mimic is a very good film, and the director's Cut is the one to watch, it's a real treat for fans that felt that there was something missing from the original released version. If you you're a monster film fan give this film a shot, you'll be surprised at how good it really is despite its imperfections.
August 27, 2013
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Before Mimic degenerated into a generic action picture during the final act, this is a creepy and effective creature feature that legitimately gave me the chills a few times. This film has fantastic atmosphere and mood, as all Guillermo Del Toro films do, and despite there being a little age on the special effects they are still largely good. The problems with Mimic are its lack of character development and likable characters to root for. Mira Sorvino's character is really the only one that gets an ounce of development. As a result, when characters start getting killed off, it's hard to muster any feelings. The dialogue can be poorly written at times as well which doesn't help. What gets you is that these creatures are nasty, unique, and downright scary at times. The fact that they can mimic humans and disguise themselves just sent a chill down my spine that I rarely get. There are truly lots of good ideas in the film; they just forgot some other things along the way. Even though Mimic is far from Del Toro's best film, it can be one of the creepiest films I've seen in a while when the characters and dialogue don't get in the way.
June 4, 2013

Super Reviewer

In my opinion Mimic is the only blip in Guillermo del Toro career so far. This isn't really him though, this is him working for an American studio, showing them what he can do and gaining some trust. It's OK but The Relic that came out the same year is much better. I'm shocked to see how many people regard Cronos as his only blip but then again Blade II is also criminally overlooked. Good but not great.
August 17, 2012

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    1. Josh: Funny shoes! Funny face! Funny place!
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    1. Josh: This is what I love about my job. I get to travel, see the world, meet new cultures. I mean, it's all bacterial, but, hey, what the fuck?
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    1. Susan Tyler: Sometimes an insect will even mimic its predator.
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    1. Peter Mann: Leonard, have you ever seen anything like this before?
    2. Leonard: Why you asking me if I've seen some shit like this before? Do I look like I've seen some shit like this before? Hell, no I a'int never seen no shit like this before. Who the fuck would wanna climb up one of these walls and hang one of these? Musta been a big elephant-ass motherfucker.
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    1. Dr. Gates: [on insect's inner motivation] Can I eat it or will it eat me?
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