Reviews

Dec 6, 2019
It is a wacky, satirical spectacle of chaos.
Dec 6, 2013
A wildly original roller-coaster ride of hilarious mischief.
Dec 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.
Dec 4, 2013
A horror-comedy about cute little Christmas toy/pets who turn into murderous monsters wreaking havoc on a Norman Rockwellian town.
Dec 6, 2012
Brilliantly potent social critique of Reagan-era fear-mongering and consumerism.
Dec 6, 2012
The 1984 creature feature in which a Capra-esque idyll is besieged by ravening beasties.
Nov 27, 2007
The humans are little more than dress-extras for the mechanics.
Nov 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.
Nov 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.
Jun 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.
Jan 12, 2006
Gleefully mischievous and full of dark, magical energy.
Oct 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.
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.
Apr 18, 2001
Devilishly dark humour and mischief romp.
Jan 1, 2000
The pitch black comedy works, and it makes you wonder how a generation of parents took their kids to see this -- as children's entertainment -- without question. Ah, salad days.