Piranha 3-D (2010) - Rotten Tomatoes

Piranha 3-D (2010)



Critic 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.

Movie Info

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.more
Rating: R (for sequences of strong bloody horror violence and gore, graphic nudity, sexual content, language and some drug use)
Genre: Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Alexandre Aja, Pete Goldfinger, Grégory Levasseur, Josh Stolberg
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 11, 2011
Box Office: $0.4M
The Weinstein Company/Dimension Films - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for Piranha 3-D

All Critics (120) | Top Critics (19)

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!

Full Review… | March 29, 2011
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

For most of Piranha 3D, Aja skates along the line separating satire/camp from horror without straying into the realm of outright parody.

Full Review… | August 31, 2010
Top Critic

Unapologetically gleeful about doling out the cinematic junk food that you're looking for when you sit down to devour something called, well, Piranha.

Full Review… | August 26, 2015

The joy of Alexandre Aja's Piranha is that he is accomplishing nothing but a bloody entertaining good time.

Full Review… | December 9, 2013
7M Pictures

Filled with recognisable faces, packed with excessive blood and gore and jokes as corny as they are hilarious, Piranha 3D is, if nothing else, the most honest and unpretentious piece of filmmaking of 2010.

Full Review… | September 15, 2013

"Piranha 3D," although cliched, embraces its genre and is a highly-enjoyable fun B-movie.

Full Review… | January 5, 2013
Big Hollywood

Audience Reviews for Piranha 3-D

So much fun and gore I couldnt stop waiting for more!! Oh thats a rhyme lol. A great cast having a lot of fun with a movie so over the top campy yet horrific. What an ending too lol

John Manard

Super Reviewer

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 Riley
Samuel Riley

Super Reviewer


Mr. Goodman: Piranha hunt in packs - not for protection, but for overwhelming force. They're organized, methodical. The first bite draws blood. The blood draws the pack. 

"There's Something In The Water"

After seeing Piranha twice now, I still believe to be a great addition to the creature feature genre. It works so well because it is played just right. It appeals to the fan base. It's blood, boobs, and humor. There's nothing scary about this movie, there's nothing great about this movie, and there's nothing overly special about it either. What it is though is a humorous, entertaining, and fun, brisk ride. 

When an earthquake occurs under a small towns lake, it opens up a little pathway that allows a bunch of piranha's that were thought to have been extinct for millions of years to come up to the surface. It's perfect timing too because the small town is booming with thousands of college students in for spring break. The sheriff tries to get everyone out of the water, but the drunken college kids aren't going to listen to authority. 

What I particularly liked about this movie was that it was presented in a quick way. It didn't overstay its welcome. Coming in at about an hour and twenty-five minutes, it's perfectly paced and perfectly timed. While, it's moving quickly, it pauses for many comedic sequences and for the most part they work. It's never hilarious, but it's often laugh out loud funny, like the last words from the porn director, "Wet t-shirt... wet t-shirt." 

Piranha is a movie that has a select, target audience. It's stupid, it's bloody, and it's sexist. Breasts are running wild in this film. So I wouldn't argue with anyone who threw the movie aside as just another brainless, nudity filled creature feature, but you have to admit this is better than most. It's no Jaws or anything, but it's still an above average addition to a rather shitty sub-genre. 

Melvin White

Super Reviewer

Piranha 3-D Quotes

Deputy Fallon: Chew on this motherfuckers! (starts killing the piranha with a boat motor)
– Submitted by Brandon M (3 years ago)
Mr. Goodman: This is no ordinary piranha! This species of piranha is two million years old!
– Submitted by Frank P (4 years ago)
Matt: They took my penis.
– Submitted by Sheldon C (4 years ago)
Novak: There are thousands of them, and they are pissed!
– Submitted by Chris P (5 years ago)

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