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Gremlins Reviews

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October 3, 2017
Spoof horror doesn't horrify, it sickens. Spoof comedy doesn't amuse, it annoys. Spoof comic horror is for the stuffed birds.
November 27, 2007
The humans are little more than dress-extras for the mechanics.
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
June 26, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
September 9, 2002
"It is probably a surefire hit with popcorn and a six-pack of beer on Saturday night."
| Original Score: 3/5
March 11, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
June 19, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
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.
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
December 21, 2017
The film showcases Dante's two cinematic loves: 1950's era sci-fi/horror and The Looney Tunes. The two forms merge together to create a cautionary tale of Christmas gifts gone awry.
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
January 2, 2011
A comic horror movie classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 6, 2012
Brilliantly potent social critique of Reagan-era fear-mongering and consumerism.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 24, 2003
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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
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
November 11, 2004
Lot's of fun from start to stop, though Cate's creepy Santa story is a downer.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
July 26, 2002
Crazy Joe Dante at his absolute best.
| Original Score: 5/5
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
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