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Piranha 3-D (2010)


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

Critics Consensus: 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.

Average Rating: 5.3/10
Reviews Counted: 18
Fresh: 11
Rotten: 7

Critics Consensus: 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.


Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 79,297



Movie Info

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.

R (for sequences of strong bloody horror violence and gore, graphic nudity, sexual content, language and some drug use)
Horror , Mystery & Suspense , Comedy
Directed By:
In Theaters:
Jan 11, 2011
Box Office:
The Weinstein Company/Dimension Films - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Piranha 3-D

All Critics (120) | Top Critics (18) | Fresh (88) | Rotten (32) | DVD (11)

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!

Full Review… | March 29, 2011
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

For most of Piranha 3D, Aja skates along the line separating satire/camp from horror without straying into the realm of outright parody.

Full Review… | August 31, 2010
Top Critic

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?

Full Review… | August 26, 2010
New York Daily News
Top Critic

This moderately entertaining popcorn thriller recaptures the B-movie spirit of such vintage schlockmeisters as Samuel Z. Arkoff and Roger Corman.

Full Review… | August 26, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Piranha 3D ends the summer on a note of shamelessly entertaining B movie bottomfeeding.

Full Review… | August 26, 2010
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | August 26, 2010
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

The joy of Alexandre Aja's Piranha is that he is accomplishing nothing but a bloody entertaining good time.

Full Review… | December 9, 2013
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.

Full Review… | September 15, 2013

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

Full Review… | January 5, 2013
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.

Full Review… | September 23, 2012

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.

Full Review… | March 29, 2011

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

Full Review… | January 15, 2011

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

Full Review… | January 8, 2011

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

Full Review… | January 6, 2011
Reel Film Reviews

full review at Movies for the Masses

Full Review… | November 20, 2010
Movies for the Masses

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

Full Review… | October 31, 2010
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.

Full Review… | October 8, 2010
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.

Full Review… | October 2, 2010

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.

Full Review… | October 1, 2010

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.

Full Review… | September 19, 2010
Miss FlickChick

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

Full Review… | September 10, 2010

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.

Full Review… | September 8, 2010
Triple J

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

Full Review… | September 4, 2010
Killer Movie Reviews

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

Full Review… | September 1, 2010

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.

Full Review… | September 1, 2010
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for Piranha 3-D

So much fun and gore I couldnt stop waiting for more!! Oh thats a rhyme lol. A great cast having a lot of fun with a movie so over the top campy yet horrific. What an ending too lol

John Manard

Super Reviewer

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.

Samuel Riley
Samuel Riley

Super Reviewer


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. 

Melvin White

Super Reviewer

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.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

Piranha 3-D Quotes

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