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Slither Reviews

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
October 7, 2008
Gross-out horror comedy is my least favorite genre, but this movie's so skillful I have to take my hat off to it.
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
A monstrously funny alien-invasion-zombie-horror-comedy.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
April 3, 2006
I'm zombied out.
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Bruce Diones
New Yorker
April 1, 2006
[A] delightfully disgusting comic horror film.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
March 31, 2006
The problem with making a smart horror parody -- and James Gunn's Slither is a smart horror parody -- is that it's kind of like doing a virtuoso performance of 'My Way.' The skill of execution tends to be eclipsed by the tedium of the material.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Josh Levin
Slate
March 31, 2006
There's something winning about this grab bag of orally fixated invertebrates and mucus-covered Noids.
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
March 31, 2006
Slither is a movie only true horror buffs can love. Its greatest strength is that it never aspires to be anything more than it is: 96 minutes of good laughs and retro-splatter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Neva Chonin
San Francisco Chronicle
March 31, 2006
Slither is a labor of love made by a horror aficionado who knows just when to tweak the tropes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 31, 2006
Like Tremors, only ickier, Slither is a tongue-in-cheek horror flick that skewers the genre while delivering seat-squirming scares.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
March 31, 2006
This writing-directing debut from the guy who concocted that rip-off known as Dawn of the Dead isn't that scary, and it isn't nearly as funny as he seems to think it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 31, 2006
It's strictly a fun B-movie horror, on the order of Tremors, that somehow got released by a major studio.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 31, 2006
If the horror scenes are formulaic, the audience will eat up the many jokey interludes the way the zombies feast on possum.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
March 31, 2006
In a year that is heavily front-loaded with horror movies, Slither is easily the best in the class.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Louis B. Parks
Houston Chronicle
March 31, 2006
Slither is seriocomic horror, alternating laughs with gooey, creepy scares.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 31, 2006
A great bloody joy of B-movie madness, Slither is a hilarious concoction of gore and wisecracks that offers plenty of nods to horror history while maintaining enough slimy integrity to stand, or rather, slither, on its own.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
March 31, 2006
I know it's supposed to be silly, but Slither feels more like a scattershot spoof than a fine-tuned piece of entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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David Germain
Associated Press
March 31, 2006
Director James Gunn has infused Slither with a wicked sense of parody while still crafting a clever, maniacally paced twist on B-movie slimefests.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
March 31, 2006
If you like slime, Slither will push you down the slippery slope to big-screen pleasure.
| Original Score: B
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Matt Weitz
Dallas Morning News
March 31, 2006
Slither tries (too hard) to cop the tongue-in-cheek silliness that marks some of the best examples of the genre and ultimately collapses atop itself. It's no Humanoids From the Deep.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 31, 2006
At last: the mutant alien redneck zombie movie the world has been waiting for.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 31, 2006
Because it's neither high-falutin' nor hateful, it's the most entertaining horror movie in years.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
March 31, 2006
Just when it seemed like the zombie cannibal/parasite from outer space horror comedy had pretty much run its course, along comes Slither, a particularly lively addition to the remarkably durable undead genre.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
March 30, 2006
For those who enjoy entertaining gross-out horror flicks, Slither satisfies. The squeamish should probably keep their distance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Teresa Wiltz
Washington Post
March 30, 2006
Slither isn't scary, it's just what one character says when she spots the slugs from outer space, Grooooosss. And we don't mean that in a good way.
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
March 30, 2006
Slither is a gross, disgusting, but undeniably amusing treat laden with homages and in-jokes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 30, 2006
There is some humor in the plot, effective action and scenes that entertain us because of how stupidly the characters behave.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
March 30, 2006
What makes Slither work is how nimbly it slaloms from yucks to yuks, slip-sliding from horror to comedy and back again on its gore-slicked foundation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
March 30, 2006
Slither is an enjoyable stab at spoofing the genre, but it won't send you away feeling completely slimed, which in this context is another word for satisfied.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 30, 2006
Slither starts out slowly; the first half-hour drags. Things pick up, however, and once Slither slides in its groove, the movie crackles with campy energy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 30, 2006
There is a huge amount of bloodshed, but it's so comically tongue-in-cheek that it's hard to take offense -- it's more gross than gory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 30, 2006
It's not Ernst Lubitsch, but the space-slug/mutant-zombie fiesta called Slither has an actual sense of humor to go with its voluminous alien ook.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
March 30, 2006
Gunn isn't out to send up zombie movies, just add some outrageous humor to enliven the genre of the walking dead. And in that way, at least, Slither slithers.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
March 30, 2006
The most sensationally scary-funny creep-out movie since Gremlins.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
March 30, 2006
Slither cleverly exploits the nervous laughter that fills a theater whenever a horror movie gets too frightening to bear.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 29, 2006
So sue me, sometimes after a day of enjoying Belgian film-festival prizewinners, I like to relax with copious servings of horror-flick slime and a good visual joke involving squids, girls in bathtubs, and overhead cameras.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Matt Singer
Village Voice
March 28, 2006
Gunn doesn't reinvent the wheel but he does tighten its spokes a bit with some terrifying sequences and a witty, deadpan screenplay.
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Joe Leydon
Variety
March 20, 2006
A gleefully nasty and ingeniously twisted horror-comedy.