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Piranha 3-D (2010)

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Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 120
Fresh: 88 | Rotten: 32

Playing exactly to expectations for a movie about killer fish run amok, Piranha 3-D dishes out gore, guffaws and gratuitous nudity with equal glee.

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Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 17
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 6

Playing exactly to expectations for a movie about killer fish run amok, Piranha 3-D dishes out gore, guffaws and gratuitous nudity with equal glee.

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After a sudden underwater tremor sets free scores of the prehistoric man-eating fish, an unlikely group of strangers must band together to stop themselves from becoming fish food for the area's new razor-toothed residents.

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Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy

Jan 11, 2011

$25.0M

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Piranha 3D is more funny than disgusting, even when screen fills with half-nude swimmers, bobbing like human dumplings in a roiling vat of borscht. This isn't just sick, it's clas-sick!

March 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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For most of Piranha 3D, Aja skates along the line separating satire/camp from horror without straying into the realm of outright parody.

August 31, 2010 Full Review Source: ReelViews
ReelViews
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If you're looking for signs of intelligent life -- well, did you really expect to find them in a remake of a Seventies B-movie anyway?

August 26, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Comments (5)
New York Daily News
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This moderately entertaining popcorn thriller recaptures the B-movie spirit of such vintage schlockmeisters as Samuel Z. Arkoff and Roger Corman.

August 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (2)
Chicago Reader
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Piranha 3D ends the summer on a note of shamelessly entertaining B movie bottomfeeding.

August 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Comments (13)
Rolling Stone
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Horny horror-movie revelers tend to deserve what's coming to them, a sentiment French-born director Alexandre Aja embraces with maniacal glee in a third-act massacre that's downright ruthless.

August 26, 2010 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly | Comment (1)
L.A. Weekly
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The joy of Alexandre Aja's Piranha is that he is accomplishing nothing but a bloody entertaining good time.

December 9, 2013 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Filled with recognisable faces, packed with excessive blood and gore and jokes as corny as they are hilarious, Piranha 3D is, if nothing else, the most honest and unpretentious piece of filmmaking of 2010.

September 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Trespass
Trespass

"Piranha 3D," although cliched, embraces its genre and is a highly-enjoyable fun B-movie.

January 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

I understand what the filmmakers were trying to do and they almost pulled it off, but there's no sense in making the audience slog through a dreary 40+ minutes before the fun actually begins.

September 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

The best example of the level of art that Piranha 3D aspires to comes when a guy gets his dick chomped off and it gracefully floats down towards you in 3D.

March 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

This action-thriller will eat you alive. Paul Chambers, CNN.

January 15, 2011 Full Review Source: CNNRadio
CNNRadio

Aja once again proves that no one understands the aesthetic of ample arterial spray better than the foreign horror geek.

January 8, 2011 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

...a mildly watchable B-movie effort that could have (and should have) been so much better.

January 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Comments (2)
Reel Film Reviews

full review at Movies for the Masses

November 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

Fails in being an entertaining satire and a competent horror film...

October 31, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

There?s a dull predictability to the set pieces; when you see a topless para-skier bob in-and-out of the water, it?s inevitable that she?ll rise into the air without any legs.

October 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

Piranha 3D gets honestly earned points for the creative energy it sustains in the arena of creatively gory dispatches, non-torture porn division.

October 2, 2010 Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com
Bullz-Eye.com

Neither gore enthusiasts nor boobie fans will be disappointed. Piranha 3D knows what it is and embraces it, from stupid disobedience to kids in peril to sexy exploitative silliness, with a remarkable level of humor and competence.

October 1, 2010 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Comment (1)
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Coarse, crass and mind-boggling shameless? Hell, yeah! Alexandre Aja's remake of the Joe Dante/John Sayles' killer-fish movie flies its trash flag high.

September 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Miss FlickChick
Miss FlickChick

...this is one of the few flicks this summer that actually delivered what it promised.

September 10, 2010 Full Review Source: iamROGUE | Comments (2)

A movie fueled by the wet dreams and rage fantasies of a thousand pubescent boys. Perfectly attuned to its audience -- 3D boobs, gore and dodgy science abound.

September 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Triple J
Triple J

a wickedly effective cinematic union of suspense and irony, topped with an invigorating dash of dry wit

September 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews | Comment (1)
Killer Movie Reviews

Even if the rest is immediately forgettable, the massacre scene isn't.

September 1, 2010 Full Review Source: MovieCrypt.com | Comments (2)
MovieCrypt.com

Its only saving grace, if the film can really be said to have one, is that the filmmakers were fully aware that they weren't making anything that could be taken seriously.

September 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Comment (1)
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for Piranha 3-D

What's interesting about this film is that its aware that its bad, and from this, it mocks itself for being bad. It is from this that makes it a good film to laugh with and at. Featuring a nice cast, particularly Christopher Lloyd and Ving Rhames. The film's highlight of constant sexual content, is top off as it even features porn stars Kelly Brooks and Riley Steele. With the film's being so over the top with its constant, in your face gore, it never lets down with the violence and in fact is mostly humorous to many. Piranha 3D definitely isn't one of the greatest films out there, but since its aware that its awful and doesn't try to be serious, if you want something that's jam packed with violence, nudity and is great to laugh along with, maybe give this a shot.
July 8, 2013
Samuel Riley
Samuel Riley

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Mr. Goodman: Piranha hunt in packs - not for protection, but for overwhelming force. They're organized, methodical. The first bite draws blood. The blood draws the pack. 

"There's Something In The Water"

After seeing Piranha twice now, I still believe to be a great addition to the creature feature genre. It works so well because it is played just right. It appeals to the fan base. It's blood, boobs, and humor. There's nothing scary about this movie, there's nothing great about this movie, and there's nothing overly special about it either. What it is though is a humorous, entertaining, and fun, brisk ride. 

When an earthquake occurs under a small towns lake, it opens up a little pathway that allows a bunch of piranha's that were thought to have been extinct for millions of years to come up to the surface. It's perfect timing too because the small town is booming with thousands of college students in for spring break. The sheriff tries to get everyone out of the water, but the drunken college kids aren't going to listen to authority. 

What I particularly liked about this movie was that it was presented in a quick way. It didn't overstay its welcome. Coming in at about an hour and twenty-five minutes, it's perfectly paced and perfectly timed. While, it's moving quickly, it pauses for many comedic sequences and for the most part they work. It's never hilarious, but it's often laugh out loud funny, like the last words from the porn director, "Wet t-shirt... wet t-shirt." 

Piranha is a movie that has a select, target audience. It's stupid, it's bloody, and it's sexist. Breasts are running wild in this film. So I wouldn't argue with anyone who threw the movie aside as just another brainless, nudity filled creature feature, but you have to admit this is better than most. It's no Jaws or anything, but it's still an above average addition to a rather shitty sub-genre. 
February 16, 2013
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Melvin White

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It is what it is. In my opinion, this is why 3D was invented, so that horror film makers can make things pop out at you which make you jump then make you laugh. Like it or not, this is pretty much the best of its genres. It has an eclectic cast of likable actors and exciting cameos ( Richard Dreyfuss's Jaws nod was pretty cool) which, apart from Jerry O'Connell, was genius at work. Then it's boobs and gore, the two main ingredient of any horror film. Now, I've not always been a fan of mixing nudity and horror, I think there is something wrong with that but here the tongue is very firmly in cheek and I think there is something for everyone to enjoy. It's all in the detail too, in the last scene where a big busted girl is being eaten alive, I though 'Cool' as her eye-ball popped out and my wife said 'I knew it' when you could see her hair weave float away, like I said, something for everyone.
February 12, 2013
SirPant

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    1. Deputy Fallon: Chew on this motherfuckers! (starts killing the piranha with a boat motor)
    – Submitted by Brandon M (23 months ago)
    1. Mr. Goodman: This is no ordinary piranha! This species of piranha is two million years old!
    – Submitted by Frank P (2 years ago)
    1. Matt: They took my penis.
    – Submitted by Sheldon C (2 years ago)
    1. Novak: There are thousands of them, and they are pissed!
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
    1. Mr. Goodman: The piranha hunt in packs. The first bite draws blood, blood draws the pack.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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