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Piranha Reviews

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
October 10, 2012
Even Jaws director Steven Spielberg counts himself among the film's fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
June 4, 2012
Fans of the recent retreads should check this out to cover their grounds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dave White
Movies.com
April 4, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Scott Weinberg
FEARnet
January 9, 2011
Essentially, Piranha is the best example of how to do a B-movie knockoff.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Steve Biodrowski
Cinefantastique
August 23, 2010
[T]hat rarest of rarities: a rip-off that surpasses its inspiration.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 23, 2010
It's played more for laughs and digs at America's war policy than for scares.
Full Review | Original Score: B
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
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?
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Sean Axmaker
Parallax View
August 11, 2010
... an energetic and inventive tongue-in-cheek thriller.
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Brian Holcomb
Kinetofilm
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
April 9, 2007
Effective and enjoyable on all counts, with plenty of campy laughs and in-jokes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 10, 2005
A great piece of B moviemaking. An absolute blast that's wickedly funny while still generating nail-biting suspense.
| Original Score: 4/5
James O'Ehley
Movie Gurus
February 15, 2004
A fast-paced and nifty little thriller with some nice black-humored touches thrown in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
August 4, 2003
With more laughs than frights, it's tough not to have at least a little fun in all of its natural badness.
James Rocchi
Netflix
November 7, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 7, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5

Empire Magazine
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media
August 24, 2010
Extremely gory Jaws rip-off is too much for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Variety
February 23, 2012
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
January 23, 2011
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Variety
March 26, 2009
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
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