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Snakes on a Plane Reviews

David Denby
New Yorker
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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
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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A triumph of high-concept but low-ambition filmmaking.

| Original Score: C+

August 21, 2006
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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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.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 21, 2006

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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August 19, 2006
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

August 18, 2006
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/4

August 18, 2006
Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
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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?

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

August 18, 2006
Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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Chances are you'll be too giddy to think about anything other than a second helping. Tarantulas on a Train? Scorpions on a Sailboat perhaps? Fear not, the internet is already abuzz.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

August 18, 2006
Jim Ridley
Village Voice
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Like the flailing airline industry -- which probably sent executives out for ice packs when they heard the title -- it gives you the ride you paid for, and nothing extra.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

August 18, 2006
Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
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The movie is aware of its cheesiness, one reason it works so well. It's an exploitation flick that knows what it wants to do, and it gets the job done expertly.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

August 18, 2006
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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Snakes takes forever to get going... [and] once the mother****ing snakes get loose in the mother****ing plane, the film doesn't improve.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: D

August 18, 2006
Jen Chaney
Washington Post
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Snakes on a Plane is pure escapist fun and absolutely nothing more.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

August 18, 2006
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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Snakes was born dumb, but was then rendered ordinary.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 1/4

August 18, 2006
Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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The director, David R. Ellis, is not exactly Alfred Hitchcock -- he's often messy in his stagings -- but as his picture rattles along its thrill a minute flight plan he does manage to induce a certain amnesia about its preposterous premise.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

August 18, 2006
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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You'll never complain about those in-flight meals again. Things could be so much worse.

August 18, 2006
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Samuel L. Jackson is on record as saying this movie isn't for critics. He's right about that. The problem is, it's not for many other people, either. Unless they're stoned. Or drunk. Or just enjoy making fun of bad movies.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 18, 2006
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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[We] have SoaP to remind us of what a B movie can be when it's produced with utter contempt for its target audience.

| Original Score: 1.5/4

August 18, 2006
Michael Booth
Denver Post
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Whether Snakes on a Plane means to be bad, or is just bad by being its own bad self, the truth is it's so bad that it's pretty good.

Full Review Source: Denver Post

August 18, 2006
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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Snakes is bad in a bland, calculated, marketing-is-all way, which is what you might expect from a movie that has been shaped around its marketing campaign from the jump (or from the slither, if you will).

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: D

August 18, 2006
Tom Long
Detroit News
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It is a great cheeseball of silliness, a 'B' movie that has enough sense to embrace its 'B'-ness and then squeeze, like a boa constrictor. It is intentionally sublimely ridiculous from beginning to end.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B

August 18, 2006
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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What, exactly, is the joke? If this cornball exploitation disaster movie had been called Anaconda 3: Flight of Fear (or, as was once planned, Pacific Air 121), we could all stop pretending that there was something exotically tacky about it.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C+

August 18, 2006
Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times
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Without that title and a year's worth of Internet-fueled buzz, this would be just another forgettable, mildly entertaining, mid-August throwaway movie.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

August 18, 2006
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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Snakes on a Plane could have been great, good-bad fun. All it had to do was live up to its name.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

August 18, 2006
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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A staggeringly inane B-grade monster movie that doesn't pretend to be anything but a staggeringly inane B-grade monster movie and in fact so embraces its staggering B-grade inanity that it achieves a kind of elevated pop-cultural integrity.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 18, 2006
Dana Stevens
Slate
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There's no possibility it leaves unexplored. Snakes in a cockpit dashboard, snakes in a barf bag, in a runaway drink cart hurtling down the center aisle -- and that's saving the best reptile-in-an-unexpected-spot gags for your viewing pleasure.

Full Review Source: Slate

August 18, 2006
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Snakes on a Plane is neither as good nor as bad as you'd hoped it would be: It's just a mediocre exploitation picture with an inspired premise.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald

August 18, 2006
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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It's the funniest thriller of the year, although I'm not sure if everything we laugh at is supposed to be amusing.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

August 18, 2006
Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
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The first Internet joke ever made into a movie, Snakes on a Plane is just ridiculous and depraved enough to excite a cult following among high campers who are ready to enlist in a movie that gets one over on Hollywood.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 18, 2006
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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If loving S.O.A.P. is wrong, I don't want to be right.

| Original Score: 3/4

August 18, 2006
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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All anyone really needs to know about this amusingly crude, honestly satisfying artifact is snakes + plane + Samuel L. Jackson.

| Original Score: 3/5

August 18, 2006
Gene Seymour
Newsday
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Being as susceptible to over-the-top gratuitous absurdity as the next person, I had as good a time watching the movie as I did listening to the shrieking and hooting from the audience -- both to join in the fun and keep fears at bay.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 18, 2006
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Sick as it is, it captures more of the joy of movie-going than virtually any other summer movie this year.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

August 18, 2006
David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
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At the end, the crowd applauded to signify their ironic appreciation for the imperishable pleasures of trash culture. Unfortunately, with Snakes on a Plane, there isn't much of a joke to be in on.

| Original Score: 2/4

August 18, 2006
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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If you can find a better time at the movies this year than this wild comic thriller, let me in on it. I'm there.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

August 18, 2006
Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
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Rational people can agree on two things: Snakes are evil, and nobody swears more entertainingly than Samuel L. Jackson.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times

August 18, 2006
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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There is also something educational to be gleaned here: Snakes are not indigenous to Hawaii and they don't attack unless provoked.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 18, 2006
Justin Chang
Variety
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Snakes on a Plane is at its best when it surrenders to the exuberant trashiness and matter-of-fact hilarity promised by its title.

Full Review Source: Variety

August 18, 2006
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Me, I liked Anaconda better.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

August 18, 2006
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Jackson is The Man, and he bestrides this film with the authority of someone who knows the value of honest bilge. He's as much the auteur of this baby as the director and screenwriters, and that fierce glimmer in his eye is partly joy.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 18, 2006
Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Call me. I'll see it again with you this weekend.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B-

August 18, 2006
Christy Lemire
NPR.org
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This is an event. It's a rare example of a film not just living up to the hype, but surpassing it. And it's the best time you'll have at the movies all summer, if not all year.

Full Review Source: NPR.org

August 18, 2006
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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In short, Snakes on a Plane delivers exactly what it promised and then some. And how often can you say that about a movie these days?

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

August 17, 2006
Nigel Floyd
Time Out
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The massaged script is now a little too knowing and calculated, nudging the audience in anticipation of each snake attack or corny gag.

Full Review Source: Time Out

August 17, 2006
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