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An action-packed creature feature that's fast, terrifying, and benefits greatly from a completely game Kaya Scodelario, Crawl is a fun throw-back with just enough self-awareness to work.



Total Count: 107


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Verified Ratings: 3,479
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When a massive hurricane hits her Florida hometown, Haley (Kaya Scodelario) ignores evacuation orders to search for her missing father (Barry Pepper). Finding him gravely injured in the crawl space of their family home, the two become trapped by quickly encroaching floodwaters. As time runs out to escape the strengthening storm, Haley and her father discover that the rising water level is the least of their fears.

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Critic Reviews for Crawl

All Critics (107) | Top Critics (18)

  • Crawl is not exactly an inventive film. But it doesn't have to be. It delivers on what it promises, and not many big-studio movies this year can claim the same.

    Jul 13, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • It's toothless despite its alligator antagonists, not least because it never bothers linking its premise - a category 5 hurricane in Florida that causes a flood - to the existential threat hastening such extreme weather events in the first place.

    Jul 13, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Crawl would look pretty good in just about any season. In this one it positively glows.

    Jul 13, 2019 | Full Review…

    Keith Phipps

    Top Critic
  • Like the apex predators slithering at the center of it all, it gets the job done once it lets is more brutal, primal instincts take over.

    Jul 13, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Crawl is dumb genre fun, but it's not too dumb... If any one thing holds back this modest, skillfully made potboiler from true B-movie glory, it's the human drama.

    Jul 13, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

    A.A. Dowd

    AV Club
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  • Crawl is a great example of a simple story exceedingly well-told. It's a bloody adventure full of teeth-gnawing turns of fortune, mordant wit, vicious gator kills, and surprising tenderness - that clocks in at a blessedly fleet 87 minutes.

    Jul 13, 2019 | Full Review…

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