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Sharknado (2013)

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Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 17
Fresh: 14 | Rotten: 3

Proudly, shamelessly, and gloriously brainless, Sharknado redefines "so bad it's good" for a new generation.

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Average Rating: 9/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 0

Proudly, shamelessly, and gloriously brainless, Sharknado redefines "so bad it's good" for a new generation.

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A freak storm brings hundreds of vicious, man-eating sharks ashore in Los Angeles and a group of friends struggle to steer clear of their violent and destructive path. ~ Megan Walsh-Boyle, Rovi

Sep 3, 2013

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It's bloody good fun.

November 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Oh sure, it's easy to pick holes in a story about a weather system that makes it possible for sharks to fly and take to the streets, but that's the whole point of movies like this: fabulous in-home commentary.

July 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Every so often, something comes along that puts a skip in your step, makes your heart flutter, and sets your imagination ablaze with possibility.... If you're really lucky... it'll be a swirling mass of bloodthirsty sharks.

July 26, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Sharknado is an hour and a half of your life that you'll never get back. And you won't want to.

July 26, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
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With few tricks up its sleeve, Sharknado only adds to the list of hysterical Syfy monster-dramas that make for a shamelessly brainless 90 minutes well-spent.

July 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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And it happens, and it happens, and it's an awesome, immersive thing.

July 26, 2013 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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Blood, gore in hilarious B-movie make this best for teens.

January 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

You couldn't even say this movie is so bad that it's good, because it's seriously terrible, but it's also hilariously entertaining.

October 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Contactmusic.com
Contactmusic.com

Like other midnight specials, Sharknado is made for mockery, but it lacks the sincerity that have made The Room and Birdemic: Shock and Terror, so richly laughable.

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Canada.com
Canada.com

Sharknado was born to suck, but I'm hesitant to accuse its enthusiastic viewers of being rubes. The prime reason: I'm an enthusiastic viewer of it too.

September 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Quickflix
Quickflix

There is, as they say, a fine line between stupid and clever, and this film twirls along it like a pro. Definitely worth a bite.

August 19, 2013 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

I look forward to "Squidnami" and "Piranhavolcano."

August 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

What the film does have is some fantastically cheesy lines combined with some humorous social commentary.

July 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

Sharknado turned out to be the perfect blend of cheesy pop culture elements, including title, stars and the ever-popular shark-as-adversary theme.

July 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The title and premise of this one was so ludicrous that it became a draw for me and other looky-lous, and it gave us exactly what we wanted: something unapologetically dumb and cheap and outrageous to laugh at (and, occasionally, with).

July 26, 2013 Full Review Source: HitFix

Is this really any sillier than an entire town trapped under a mysterious invisible dome? OK, I suppose it is.

July 26, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

For what it is, Sharknado does what it's supposed to do better than almost all of its peers.

July 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
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Audience Reviews for Sharknado

We're gonna need a bigger chopper!

Funny Movie but just a bad overall movie! Let me just say that I watched this movie to be entertained not enthralled or hanging on the edge of my seat but just distracted and carefree for a couple of hours. I got what I wanted. Only, I didn't expect to laugh so much. I'm thankful for the laughter, though, because it kept at bay any sort of aesthetic sense that might have interfered with my viewing pleasure. If you want to be moderately entertained, then I don't think you will be disappointed with Sharknado. Don't expect too much going into it-and bring with you a willingness to suspend your own sense of disbelief. Most important, keep in mind that this is not Jaws. I don't think that fact will slip you mind, however. The director made sure of it.

When a freak hurricane swamps Los Angeles, nature's deadliest killer rules sea, land, and air as thousands of sharks terrorize the waterlogged populace.
August 11, 2014
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Manu Gino

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"Sharknado" takes everything that is good even in the worst of films, throws it out the window, and does whatever it feels like doing. This is not a movie, but a parody on Hollywood films, and the dialogue in the film, along with the deaths, speak that to it's audience, and if you are not a big film fan I'm pretty sure this film will make you rip your head off, due to it's god awful visuals and horrific acting. I felt like I let a doctor physically enter my mind and take out any brain cells I had left. From helicopters easily flying directly beside tornados to people stating the obvious, this is (even though one of the worst films ever) one of the most enjoyable films I've watched this year, but for all the wrong reasons. This film is terrible gold!
August 6, 2014
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

The title alone is worthy of jokes and Anthony C. Ferrante's Sharknado is a joke.The movie is a complete bore. The film is about a tornado of sharks and that doesn't happen to about an hour in. On top of that, the story is only 85 minutes long. A "sharknado" is unrealistic enough, who cares about building up to make it seem realistic. Just go with the damn thing.The film style is extremely inconsistent. The CG is poor and back to back scenes that don't match fill the picture from the first to last scene. Flooding here, not flooding the next. Highly annoying.There isn't much to say about the acting. Ian Ziering somehow manages to show that he at least partially is into the story. On a side note, Cassie Scerbo is a hottie.Sharknado sounds like a thrill ride, but it's the exact opposite. Take it seriously or not, there is slim to none laughs to be had.
July 27, 2014
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JY Skacto

Super Reviewer

I've heard a lot about The Asylum, but this was my first time actually watching one of their products.

What we get here is a ludicrously ridiculously scenario of nature run amok. A massive storm brings a vast number of vicious man eating sharks to Los Angeles, and the film follows a particular group of people trying to survive this dire situation.

So right off the bat I have to say that, while yes, there is the titular sharknado (shark/tornado hybrid), the main force is actually a hurricane, and not a tornado.

And yeah, I realize that this is a tongue in cheek type of film that is bad by design, but even then, I can't help but emphasize that it is a quite terrible film.

That being said, it is very entertaining, rather funny, and not a complete waste of time. It's not always 'good' or 'enjoyable' for the right reasons, but there is a certain charm here that makes this film something to check out and unwind to.

The acting, special effects, direction, and writing are all bad, but the idea, as stupid and absurd as it is, is actually kind of intriguing, despite the fact that it isn't entirely possible (though there IS a slim chance that it could actually take place). While watching this I actually started thinking about how this actually good be a legitimately decent film if done a different way, and yeah, I'm dead serious about that.

For what it is, this film does have its merits, and at least is aware of what kind of product it is. It's not something I ever want to see again, and I do think that not everyone will 'get' this, but I do think that if you need to give your brain a rest, then sure, get some friends and some booze, and give this a spin.
January 14, 2014
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Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

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