August 30, 2020
The actual attack sequences are fairly convincing, using rapid cuts, panicked thrashing, inserts of toothy fish picking at flesh, lots of blood, and frenzied sound effects.
October 10, 2012
Even Jaws director Steven Spielberg counts himself among the film's fans.
June 4, 2012
Fans of the recent retreads should check this out to cover their grounds.
January 9, 2011
Essentially, Piranha is the best example of how to do a B-movie knockoff.
August 24, 2010
Extremely gory Jaws rip-off is too much for kids.
August 23, 2010
[T]hat rarest of rarities: a rip-off that surpasses its inspiration.
August 23, 2010
It's played more for laughs and digs at America's war policy than for scares.
August 19, 2010
As the boozy mountain man trying to stop the military-grade fish, Bradford Dillman acts as if he'd swallowed Charlton Heston and is now constipated.
August 17, 2010
Dante's tongue-in-cheek, teeth-in-thigh debut hasn't lost its bite; it spawns new meaning with each new eco-disaster. It plays very well as a cautionary tale about the dangers of invasive alien species... And don't those fish spread like an oil spill?
August 5, 2010
If you're looking for a senseless good time that goes a long way in terms of keeping you entertained, then this Piranha package may just be everything you've been hoping to sink your teeth into.
February 1, 2010
Dante and Sayles have a great deal of fun with the fact that their story of government created killer fish is completely ridiculous.
April 9, 2007
Effective and enjoyable on all counts, with plenty of campy laughs and in-jokes.
January 10, 2006
Of all the late '70s-early '80s Jaws knockoffs, none balanced tongue-in-cheek humor with out-and-out gore as deftly as Joe Dante's Piranha.
October 10, 2005
A great piece of B moviemaking. An absolute blast that's wickedly funny while still generating nail-biting suspense.
August 9, 2005
J em seu filme de estria, Dante exibia um senso de humor atpico - que, infelizmente, no envelheceu bem neste caso.
February 15, 2004
A fast-paced and nifty little thriller with some nice black-humored touches thrown in.