Critters

1986

Critters

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Critters, an amusing horror comedy directed byStephen Herek, is the story of a family menaced by eight basketball sized creatures from outer space who arrive at their Kansas farm in search of food. Helen Brown (Dee Wallace Stone) and Brad (Scott Grimes), owners of the farm find themselves held hostage as the creatures roll, jump and bounce around during the night. They are pursued by a pair of inept, intergalactic bounty hunters, Charlie (Don Keith Opper) and Johnny (Terrence Mann) who can shape-shift at will and are packing weapons capable of taking care of any creature they encounter. The special effects of this humorous thriller are extremely good and the creatures themselves have distinct and separate personalities.

Cast

Dee Wallace
as Helen Brown
Scott Grimes
as Brad Brown
Terrence Mann
as Bounty Hunter/Johnny Steele
Don Keith Opper
as Charlie McFadden
Billy Zane
as Steve Elliot
Ethan Phillips
as Jeff Barnes
Lin Shaye
as Sally
Michael Lee Gogin
as Warden Zanti
Doug Koth
as Bowler #1
David Stenstrom
as Pool Player #2
Corey Burton
as Critters
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Critic Reviews for Critters

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (8)

  • Even the nastiest creatures can be fun if their creators have a little panache; who minds being scared by the vicious mogwais in ''Gremlins''? ''Critters'' just doesn't make the audience laugh or jump often enough.

    May 20, 2003 | Full Review…
  • What makes Critters more than a ripoff are its humor and its sense of style. This is a movie made by people who must have had fun making it.

    Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Even though it's campy, Critters is a mixture of three genres that just works. [Full review in Spanish].

    Oct 22, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • The script's infectious sense of humor and a highly appealing performance by Grimes as the teenage hero help disguise the familiarity of it all.

    Dec 22, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • One of the most enjoyable films of the summer, Critters harks back to the low-budget science fiction films of the 1950s and balances the thrills with heavy doses of humor.

    Oct 4, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Low-budget '80s horror-comedy has violence, cursing.

    Nov 22, 2016 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Critters

  • Aug 25, 2019
    It's great when you re-visit a film you enjoyed as a kid and find that as an adult it still totally holds up. Sure Critters almost definitely found its start as nothing more than one of the slew or various Gremlins rip-offs that were being written up at the time, but it's precisely the differences from Gremlins that make Critters any kind of success. The more overt sci-fi elements of the film have become a mainstay in the franchise, and are a big part of what makes this thing worth coming back to.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 20, 2012
    A random alien horror comedy. The critters actually looked quite adorable, but they terrorize a small town faimly, whilst a couple of clien cops are trying to track them down. Too cute to be scary, but they also bites, so can only be viewed but not touched, like in a museum.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jul 05, 2012
    Critters involves weird, small, and somewhat humurous creatures from outer space landing in Kansas and terrorizing a family in thier farm. This movie has been compared to Gremlins a lot and I do see similarities, but I found Critters to be more dark. There is gratuitous bloodshed, people die horribly and the creatures actually have dialogue. The audience hears them speak in a weird language, but there are subtitles and the things these creatures say are actually pretty funny. I find it funny that they had more personality than any of the Twilight characters. The creatures are also being followed by intergalactic bounty hunters and the scenes with them are entertaining as hell. They're anything but inconspicuous and they just blow up whatever they see. The special effects for the creatures are also pretty good. From what I heard, when this movie was being filmed they had a very limited number of the critter puppets, so the director had to conserve them for the movie until he felt a death scene was appropriate. The movie isn't exactly perfect. There are parts where it felt like a Gremlins rip-off and some scenes I found campy. It still is entertaining though. When it comes to horror comedy, all I can really ask for is humor mixed with enjoyable scenes where people fight and die and all that stuff. Critters spawned three sequels and it's no doubt they weren't as good as the original. If you want to watch any of these movies, just stick with this one.
    Tyler R Super Reviewer
  • Jan 09, 2012
    Very hungry space critters terrorizing a farm, fought on earth by intergalactic shapeshifters bounty-hunters! A fun Gremlins rip-off with plenty of stupidity and fun moments to go around for everyone.
    Francisco G Super Reviewer

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