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Arachnophobia Reviews

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Variety Staff
Variety
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
Newsweek
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.
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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.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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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.
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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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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
July 18, 1990
It gives you the willies in a cheery, presentable way.
Full Review | Original Score: B+