• R, 1 hr. 38 min.
  • Horror
  • Directed By:
    Wes Craven
    In Theaters:
    Jun 1, 1987 Wide
    On DVD:
    Oct 10, 2000
  • MCA/Universal Pictures

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The Serpent and the Rainbow Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 2/5

February 18, 2005
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

A lame documentary-flavored horror story.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: C

January 25, 2006
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth

Despite the strongly emphasized exoticness its Haitian scenery, The Serpent and the Rainbow may be Wes Craven's most pedestrian film.

Full Review Source: Projection Booth | Original Score: C+

October 26, 2007
Variety Staff
Variety
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Offers a few good scares but gets bogged down in special effects.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 25, 2007
Derek Adams
Time Out
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Unfortunately, the political parallel between the ideological repression of Baby Doc's regime and the stultifying effects of the zombifying fluid is only sketchily developed, leaving us with a series of striking but isolated set pieces.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Director Wes Craven learned that the scariest things often have nothing to do with special effects wizardry.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5

August 27, 2004
Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

Wes Craven chiller that thinks it's ten times the picture it actually is.

| Original Score: 3/10

August 4, 2002
Cory Cheney
Urban Tulsa Weekly

| Original Score: 2/5

August 8, 2002
Richard Harrington
Washington Post
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Take a powerful, revealing nonfiction book, sift through it for its most cliche'd elements and turn it into a terror film and you've got The Serpent and the Rainbow.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

Craven tries something different, with mixed results

| Original Score: 2/5

January 5, 2003
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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The Serpent and the Rainbow has a screenplay that often breaks its spell.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 30, 2004
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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The Serpent and the Rainbow is uncanny in the way it takes the most lurid images and makes them plausible.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Flavorful Grand Guignol

Full Review Source: CinePassion

April 1, 2010
James Rocchi
Netflix

An invisibly smart film, a lot brighter underneath than its surface gloss would suggest.

Full Review Source: Netflix | Original Score: 4/5

November 7, 2002
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com

| Original Score: 4/5

July 26, 2002
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

Genuinely chilling, one of Wes Craven's best.

| Original Score: 4/5

January 12, 2003
Mark R. Leeper
rec.arts.movies.reviews

Surprisingly solid effort from Wes Craven.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: +1 out of -4..+4

January 1, 2000
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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Genuinely frightening.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

September 25, 2007
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

| Original Score: 3/5

November 19, 2004
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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[Craven[ seems wiser and more story-conscious -- but thankfully still full of the same surprises.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

January 1, 2000
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