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Snakes on a Plane (2006)

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Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 171
Fresh: 117 | Rotten: 54

Snakes on a Plane lives up to its title, featuring snakes on a plane. It isn't perfect, but then again, it doesn't need to be.

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Average Rating: 5.9/10
Critic Reviews: 41
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 17

Snakes on a Plane lives up to its title, featuring snakes on a plane. It isn't perfect, but then again, it doesn't need to be.

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Average Rating: 2.9/5
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Forget terrorists or hijackers -- there's a handful of deadly assassins aboard a jet liner and they don't even have arms or legs in this airborne thriller. Neville Flynn (Samuel L. Jackson) is an FBI agent handling what seems like a routine assignment -- serving as bodyguard for Sean Jones (Nathan Phillips), a Hawaiian surfer dude who is flying to California to testify in a high-profile criminal trial after witnessing mobster Eddie Kim (Byron Lawson) murdering one of his underlings. However,

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Action & Adventure, Horror, Mystery & Suspense

John Heffernan

Jan 2, 2007

$33.9M

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All Critics (179) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (117) | Rotten (54) | DVD (25)

Intentional low camp always seems wrong unless it's very funny; in trash, one wants clumsiness, even a certain tackiness, and this movie has the production values and the high-tech fluency of a much bigger movie.

August 28, 2006
New Yorker
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A triumph of high-concept but low-ambition filmmaking.

August 21, 2006
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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There's a certain knee-jerk impulse to bash Snakes, just because of all the ridiculous buildup, but the film delivers on its promise of reptilian fun, with a camp mix of comedy, horror and suspense.

August 21, 2006 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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The plot is ridiculous and the characters are cardboard, but none of that really matters once the snakes get into the fuselage and start zapping people, the very definition of entertainment.

August 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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This Internet-promoted lark about a Hawaii-to-L.A. flight besieged by a frenzied tangle of snakes is hilariously funny, full of fang-popping scares, and guaranteed to increase travel by train.

August 18, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News
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When 'fans' respond to an unabashedly silly title like Snakes on a Plane and start riffing on it, how seriously do they mean for their suggestions to be taken?

August 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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A movie about snakes on a plane does not need to be straightforward; it only has a shot if it is either genuinely scary or so incredibly over the top it's funny. Snakes on a Plane is neither, but maybe Snakes on a Boat will be better.

March 30, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

Few studio-supported films match its B-movie nirvana of stupid-goodness. It's exactly what its title suggests and more ? the proof in the primal levels ranging from basic exploited fears to the crowd?s roaring reactions and howls of humor or horror.

October 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Suite101.com
Suite101.com

A snarky genre exercise and its own late-night sketch parody, it parades nothing so much as the force of the public's lowered expectations

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion
CinePassion

Although the film's production company New Line retooled the movie from a PG-13 to an R rating with ideas and dialogue from web fans, "Snakes On A Plane" is a boring ride.

April 21, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

It hurts so good. Mike, Cro, Tom, we need you...

July 10, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Its genre elements are completely honed down to their basest elements and exploited for the most fun possible.

July 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Stranger Song
Stranger Song

Even if viewed entirely on its own terms, this film, like any snake, tapers at its end.

July 2, 2007 Full Review Source: musicOMH.com
musicOMH.com

it was the best of times, it was the worst of times.

May 27, 2007

Its trash pic spirit locates funny nuances of human behaviour.

March 15, 2007 Full Review

With entertainment this cardboard and weightless, isn't a response like disappointment disproportionately complex?

January 30, 2007 Full Review Source: F5 (Wichita, KS) | Comment (1)

Snakes fails for the simple reason that it is a terrible, terrible movie.

January 11, 2007 Full Review Source: ReelzChannel.com | Comments (4)

The self-explanatory title of this campy disaster flick represents a rare case of cinematic truth-in-advertising, because it's all about snakes on a plane.

January 4, 2007 Full Review Source: AALBC.com
AALBC.com

I kept imagining the Zucker brothers doing this. Could there be a sillier premise for a movie than snakes on crack?

December 17, 2006 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Comment (1)
Movie Metropolis

It's too bad to work as thriller, but not nearly bad enough to earn a place in movie infamy.

November 5, 2006 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

The fact that there's a movie called Snakes on a Plane is a small miracle. The bigger miracle is that Ellis's hugely engaging popcorn flick is nearly as much fun as the movie that was already running in our heads.

November 4, 2006 Full Review Source: CBC.ca Arts

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October 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses | Comment (1)
Movies for the Masses

only gluttons for the tacky sub-genre of B-movie creature features will likely appreciate (or even see) this barge of filmic cheese, but for them, this is almost an all-you-can-eat buffet.

September 5, 2006

A solid little B-movie arriving cloaked in the dodgy garb of a fanboy phenomenon, Snakes on a Plane really ought to garner some sort of award for truth in advertising: It's exactly what it says it is and very little else.

September 2, 2006 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Should convince studios that banking on computer-weaned kids to actually leave their keyboards to venture out of the house and pay for a movie was, is and will remain a bad idea.

August 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

One day, should the American Film Institute loosen up and offer a list of the 100 Greatest B Horror Movies ever made, David R. Ellis' "Snakes on a Plane" deserves a spot on that list.

August 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Audience Reviews for Snakes on a Plane

I love this film. It's a modern 'B-Film'. if films were still presented in double features this would be lower film but I have a strong belief that most B-Movies are way better than their feature. This film came in at the right time, it helped to bring Samuel L. Jackson back into the fame he diserved by giving an amazing performance and another actor who really shined was Kenan Thompson. Before this film, to me, he was just the Good Burger employee in Kenan & Kel and a minor player in SNL. This film really put him on the map. There are other really good performances but let me just say, 'dont take this film too seriously'. This film, or at lease I feel, gives a sence of owning to it's cheesy title but not too cheesy to be a parody film. Far from a perfect film, but a pretty fun way to spend 106 minutes.
March 10, 2012
Joshua Wilburn

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I cannot stress to anyone reading this review how hard it is for me to see why people didn't like this movie. Everyone I know loathes it! It's good ok. Simply because you get what you went to the cinema or popped the disc into your dvd player for. Snakes on a Plane. It makes good use of its budget and large cast of characters. My ONLY! criticism is that there isn't much development for the characters and that might have made this film a critically acclaimed success rather than a (less than deserved!) mixed to favourable review. Unfortunately, it's unlikely that would have ever happened. Because the show would always be taken by the snakes. The reason watch the film in the first place.
January 4, 2012
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    1. Troy: This Troy wait here! Next to me is my man Neville. He's my brother from anouther mother..
    – Submitted by Connor N (20 months ago)
    1. Neville Flynn: You are talking to the only man with flight experience.
    – Submitted by Karthi K (21 months ago)
    1. Neville Flynn: I've had it with these mothafuckin' snakes, on this mothafuckin' plane! Everybody strap in, I'm about to open some fuckin' windows!
    – Submitted by Travis S (21 months ago)
    1. Neville Flynn: I have had it with these motherfucking snakes on this motherfucking plane!
    – Submitted by Rocky F (2 years ago)
    1. Neville Flynn: You are talking to the only man with flight experience.
    – Submitted by Liam W (2 years ago)
    1. Dr. Steven Price: Make it fast. Time is tissue.
    – Submitted by Liam W (2 years ago)
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