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Arachnophobia Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
November 2, 2014
A slasher film with spiders doing the work for the masked serial killer, and director Marshall twists that formula around for a diverse audience.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
October 13, 2012
Fairly engaging.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
September 27, 2012
"Arachnophobia" is a notch or two above the typical creature horror movie, with solid special effects and a decent story that isn't just one "Boo!" after the other.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Brian Orndorf
July 24, 2010
Preys upon that dread in a wonderfully cinematic manner, elegantly keeping the antics lighthearted enough to encourage a viewing, but eventually digging into spiderific panic -- pure candy to horror junkies on the prowl for the perfect thrill.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
Frank Marshall's sophisticated feature directing debut never indulges in ultimate gross-out effects and carefully chooses both its victims and its means of depicting their dispatch.
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David Ansen
April 7, 2008
First-time director Frank Marshall has long been Steven Spielberg's producer, and he's learned the master's lessons well.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Designed to reduce the audience to a squirming mass, the film yields plenty of grisly pleasures.
Christopher Null
June 3, 2003
Plenty of laughs, but the action scenes don't really generate much in the way of scares. Good enough for Sunday afternoon, though.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
That sound you hear in the background is the ''ugh!'' heard round the world. Luckily, ''Arachnophobia'' will also be generating its share of boisterous, nervous laughter.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
February 2, 2003
Spider terror -- overproduced and effects-driven, but adequate.
| Original Score: 3/5
Clint Morris
September 17, 2002
A scary treat for the whole family!
| Original Score: 3/5
Erik Childress
August 22, 2002
The creepiest, most entertaining insect invasion I've ever seen.
| Original Score: 5/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
August 2, 2002
It didn't live up to the hype, but most anyone whose seen it has walked away at least a little more afraid of spiders.
| Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
July 26, 2002
Family-friendly bug invasion flick that's both spooky and amusing.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
This is the kind of movie where you squirm out of enjoyment, not terror, and it's probably going to be popular with younger audiences - it doesn't pound you over the head with violence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Brown
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
It's a one-joke movie, a funhouse ride, the cinematic equivalent of having a rubber spider thrown in your lap. But it doesn't matter if you reject the wispy script or the plot, which has as much substance as a spider's web; you'll jump every time.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Frank Marshall, a constant Spielberg collaborator, makes his directorial debut in this genial horror movie, a sweet infestation that creeps and crawls but wouldn't scare anybody.
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Marshall has given moviegoers a remarkable first-time directing effort with this horror-comedy, offering more thrills, chills and laughs than any scary movie since the first "Poltergeist."
January 1, 2000
Directing duties go to Frank Marshall who makes a brilliant debut, effectively weaving together thrills and humour in equal measure.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 18, 1990
It gives you the willies in a cheery, presentable way.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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