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Gremlins Reviews

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Rory L. Aronsky
Screen It!
October 14, 2008
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Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
December 24, 2007
It appealed enormously to its target audience because it's just the kind of violence kids would like to get away with if they had no consciences nor fear of adults at all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Variety Staff
November 27, 2007
The humans are little more than dress-extras for the mechanics.

November 27, 2007
An unexpectedly successful skit on Spielberg/Disney movie culture -- that itself became something of a franchise.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
November 27, 2007
What's confusing yet ultimately illuminating is the way his gremlins function as a free-floating metaphor, suggesting at separate junctures everything from teenagers to blacks to various Freudian suppressions.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
November 27, 2007
Dante is perhaps the first filmmaker since Frank Tashlin to base his style on the formal free-for-all of animated cartoons; he is also utterly heartless.

TV Guide
December 4, 2006
Yes, Dante gleefully trashes cliches and sentimental Capra-esque notions, but one should not forget this movie was given a "PG" rating and cynically aimed to draw an audience of small children who would no doubt be terrorized by this myth-shattering film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 14, 2006
Taking a second look back at Joe Dante's career, I realize he was actually one of the most interesting American directors working.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Dante gleefully sinks his teeth into the kind of fluffy, sugary, sickly small town fantasy beloved of his pal and sometime producer Spielberg.
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
January 12, 2006
Gleefully mischievous and full of dark, magical energy.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
November 11, 2004
Lot's of fun from start to stop, though Cate's creepy Santa story is a downer.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
At the level of Serious Film Criticism, it's a meditation on the myths in our movies: Christmas, families, monsters, retail stores, movies, boogeymen. At the level of Pop Moviegoing, it's a sophisticated, witty B movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
June 12, 2004
Great fun.
| Original Score: 4/5
Blake Davis
KFOR Channel 4 News
March 27, 2004
Joe Dante's most successful film, like William Castle crossed with Looney Tunes.
| Original Score: 4/5
December 14, 2003
A movie that lives inside our memories of movies, and tramples all over them with a crazed, subversive joy.
| Original Score: 4/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 24, 2003
Pretty neat fantasy comedy with just enough edge.
| Original Score: 4/5
Gregory Weinkauf
New Times
August 14, 2003
There was a kid who went to my high school who looked exactly like Gizmo. Thus, we called him 'Gizmo.'
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Gremlins is far more interested in showing off its knowledge of movie lore and making random jokes than in providing consistent entertainment.
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
February 21, 2003
Good, goofy fun.
| Original Score: 3/5
Gerry Shamray
Your Movies (
February 7, 2003
Fun horror comedy.
| Original Score: 4/5
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