Piranha 3-D

2010

Piranha 3-D

Critics Consensus

Playing exactly to expectations for a movie about killer fish run amok, Piranha 3-D dishes out gore, guffaws and gratuitous nudity with equal glee.

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After a sudden underwater tremor sets free scores of the prehistoric man-eating fish, an unlikely group of strangers must band together to stop themselves from becoming fish food for the area's new razor-toothed residents.

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Critic Reviews for Piranha 3-D

All Critics (127) | Top Critics (24) | Fresh (94) | Rotten (33)

  • Piranha 3D is more funny than disgusting, even when screen fills with half-nude swimmers, bobbing like human dumplings in a roiling vat of borscht. This isn't just sick, it's clas-sick!

    March 29, 2011 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • For most of Piranha 3D, Aja skates along the line separating satire/camp from horror without straying into the realm of outright parody.

    August 31, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • If you're looking for signs of intelligent life -- well, did you really expect to find them in a remake of a Seventies B-movie anyway?

    August 26, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • This moderately entertaining popcorn thriller recaptures the B-movie spirit of such vintage schlockmeisters as Samuel Z. Arkoff and Roger Corman.

    August 26, 2010 | Full Review…
  • Piranha 3D ends the summer on a note of shamelessly entertaining B movie bottomfeeding.

    August 26, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • Horny horror-movie revelers tend to deserve what's coming to them, a sentiment French-born director Alexandre Aja embraces with maniacal glee in a third-act massacre that's downright ruthless.

    August 26, 2010 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Piranha 3-D

  • Nov 25, 2013
    When evil, inbred, cannibal, devilish, prehistoric, underground piranha are unleashed on the tiny town of Lake Victoria during "Spring Break", the outcome is all rather predictable. Babes, bikinis, boobs, bums, blood, bazulco and bad acting. Run from a budget of $24M the film has almost no actors of note in lead roles. Although there is a cameo from Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, Inglourious Basterds, Hostel, 2001 Maniacs, Death Proof as well as director of Cabin Fever, Hostel I and II, Nation's Pride [FWF from Inglourious Basterds] and the upcoming Gridhouse: Thanksgiving and Clown), which is always cool. What we have here, is a virtually flawless example of stupid fun. There's no point in trying to evaluate a film like Piranha 3D on factors like good taste, because it goes out of its way to smash these conventions apart. The film has this crazy energy about it from beginning to end. It also however, is the perfect example of why 3D is so fucking unnecessary. And though I appreciate how forward the film is, that doesn't make it strictly speaking good.It's part creature-feature, part horror-comedy, but it doesn't stand up in a thrill sense to actual monster movies like Anaconda or King Kong, and it doesn't stand up in a humour sense to actual horror comedy like Shaun of the Dead or Dead Snow, but it sort of takes off on its own in a passable manner. Though it's kiiinda humorous, the film is mostly just "fun", as opposed to "funny". The script seems cobbled together with a couple of different half assed plot points, but several half ass plots taped together is better than just one half assed plot trying to hold its own and ending up looking like no plot at all. Exploitation has never really been A-grade material, and even though the "suspension of disbelief" thing that films are supposed to have as a general rule, is sort of... not here, Piranha 3D still manages to somehow get this piece of crap off the ground. I watched it at about 2am with a male friend of mine who has very similar taste and sense of humour to me, and that's pretty much got to be the best possible setting to watch it in. The CG gore is ridiculous, the 3D focus is ridiculous, the film itself is just fucking ridiculous. But brainless is great sometimes, just don't make a habit of thinking that you can get away with bad exploitation, and calling it Black Comedy, once or twice is fine, but soon it just looks like you're aiming for cult, and getting lazy. -Gimly
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  • Jul 08, 2013
    What's interesting about this film is that its aware that its bad, and from this, it mocks itself for being bad. It is from this that makes it a good film to laugh with and at. Featuring a nice cast, particularly Christopher Lloyd and Ving Rhames. The film's highlight of constant sexual content, is top off as it even features porn stars Kelly Brooks and Riley Steele. With the film's being so over the top with its constant, in your face gore, it never lets down with the violence and in fact is mostly humorous to many. Piranha 3D definitely isn't one of the greatest films out there, but since its aware that its awful and doesn't try to be serious, if you want something that's jam packed with violence, nudity and is great to laugh along with, maybe give this a shot.
    Samuel R Super Reviewer
  • Jan 24, 2013
    It's horrible, very horrible. Pretty much an unnecessary remake, and it lost the shock value from the original film, instead, it followed the typical clichés and foul mouthed people. And the lead, Jake, was terrifying badly casted for playing lead, no wonder he never got any other movie job offers. The excessive nudity was the ultimate downfall of the film, it was so unnecessarily bad. The characters are really annoying too, so dislikeable, I really hated all of them. I can't believe this film actually has been certified fresh, unbelievable. The animation was disgusting, looked like a failed B-movie. I just cannot understand why people would actually enjoy this junk, enough time is wasting on the review of this film already.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jan 03, 2013
    This film, all in all, in every regard: fails. I was unaware until recently that this film was n fact a remake as well, which is unfortunate because I always like to watch the original first. The characters are annoying, so needless to say you don't feel sympathy for them as they are killed off. The suspense is dull and unexhilarating, and the gore is mediocre. This film provided me with hardly any satisfaction of any sort, and that's just the truth of the matter. I don't recommend it.
    Horrific R Super Reviewer

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