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Gremlins Reviews

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David Keyes
December 7, 2014
There is satire here: a sense of silly but thoughtful consideration on the Christmas traditions and how easily all the relatable facades crumble as a consequence of simple illusions being so easily shattered.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
October 19, 2014
An entertaining and original horror film with top notch effects, a great villain, and a brilliant score...
Rob Vaux
June 10, 2014
Dante thrives in the spaces between comfort and terror: that mischievous place where you're never quite sure if the monsters are kidding or not.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
December 6, 2013
A wildly original roller-coaster ride of hilarious mischief.
Peter Travers
People Magazine
December 6, 2013
Here's the season's most delicious and unexpected surprise. Despite the horror-flick title, Gremlins is a movie of wicked wit and startling invention, and it has a heart that's at least a match for the special effects.
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
December 6, 2013
Think of A Christmas Carol visited by The Birds. Think of The Muppet Movie run amok. Imagine a berserk film editor splicing It's a Wonderful Life to Invasion of the Body Snatchers, with quoting from Snow White and a nod to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
December 4, 2013
A horror-comedy about cute little Christmas toy/pets who turn into murderous monsters wreaking havoc on a Norman Rockwellian town.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Philip French
Observer (UK)
December 9, 2012
This postmodern, endlessly referential, utterly ruthless film is an ingenious, delightfully scary fairytale horror flick ...
John Ferguson
Radio Times
December 7, 2012
Phoebe Cates's admirably straight-faced Christmas speech should be compulsory viewing during the festive season.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Glenn Heath Jr.
Little White Lies
December 6, 2012
Brilliantly potent social critique of Reagan-era fear-mongering and consumerism.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy
December 6, 2012
An enchanting yet savagely funny movie, Gremlins belongs alongside Ghostbusters as an enduring mainstream masterpiece from the summer of 1984. Just don't watch it after midnight.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph (UK)
December 6, 2012
The 1984 creature feature in which a Capra-esque idyll is besieged by ravening beasties.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 6, 2012
Director Joe Dante tells a simple story with anarchic spirit, rabid humour and painstaking puppetry to delightfully messy effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Neil Smith
Total Film
November 27, 2012
A subversive parable on the dangers of irresponsible pet care that doubles as an antidote to small-town Americana and Yuletide sentimentality.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Eric D. Snider
July 6, 2012
I don't find the movie the least bit scary or horrific anymore, but I do think it's entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
R. L. Shaffer
May 22, 2012
Gremlins hosts the perfect blend of Capraesque Christmas spirit, humorously tainted by stinging horror and hilarious offbeat comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
May 8, 2012
It certainly displays a nasty streak, although that's not one of its problems.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Randy White
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
A comic horror movie classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 24, 2010
A wholesome Christmas family flick that veers over to the dark side.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
December 8, 2009
There's a mischievous playfulness about Gremlins, and that's its most endearing quality, but I found it grating on me early on and soon turning to mean-spiritedness.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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