Piranha 3DD

2012

Piranha 3DD

Critics Consensus

It strains to up the gore and self-awareness of it predecessor, and -- despite some game celebrity cameos -- the result is a dispiriting echo of 2010's horror-comedy.

13%

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Total Count: 52

22%

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After the terror unleashed on Lake Victoria in Piranha 3D, the pre-historic school of blood thirsty piranhas are back. This time, no one is safe from the flesh eating fish as they sink their razor sharp teeth into the visitors of summer's best attraction, The Big Wet Water Park. Christopher Lloyd reprises his role as the eccentric piranha expert with survivor Paul Scheer and a partially devoured Ving Rhames back for more fish frenzy. David Hasselhoff trades in the sandy beaches of "Baywatch" to be a celebrity lifeguard at the racy water park. Prepare for double the terror, double the action and double the D's in this sequel also starring Gary Busey, Katrina Bowden, Danielle Panabaker, Matt Bush, Chris Zylka and David Koechner. -- (C) Weinstein

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Critic Reviews for Piranha 3DD

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (13)

  • Tacky and intermittently entertaining is all"Piranha 3DD"sets out to be, and that is all this playfully graphic horror-comedy sequel accomplishes.

    Jun 4, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The first half of the film merely treads water in anticipation for the eventual bloodbath, and once the teeth start gnawing, it's just one laborious machination after another to get to the end of the movie, which stops without much of a resolution.

    Jun 2, 2012 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…
  • With most of the running time devoted to setting up and over-explaining the premise, mayhem gets short shrift.

    Jun 2, 2012 | Full Review…
  • Gulager ... mostly seems to be trying to see how much he can degrade the old Jaws formula and still have it interpreted as parody rather than apathy.

    Jun 1, 2012 | Rating: D-

    Tasha Robinson

    AV Club
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  • The director, John Gulager, has no idea how to mix his ingredients to create a savvy self-parody.

    Jun 1, 2012 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • It's not outrageous enough to warrant a you-gotta-see-this-to-believe-it screening, and the gore is nothing that gore fans haven't seen a hundred times before.

    Jun 1, 2012 | Rating: C | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Piranha 3DD

  • Mar 15, 2015
    Inventive title, 'Hoff cameo, Josh cut off his penis. Piranha 3DD leans in hard on the stupid factor of the franchise, had this been coupled with a little more humour, that'd totally work, unfortunately, it's more dumb than fun. Still a pretty good time if this is your sort of thing, but less so than even its predecessor.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 26, 2013
    So much worse than the first film, but somewhat better than the sequel of the original. Filled with good looking actors but there is not a single brain being spotted. The amount of disgusting sex and nudity is ridiculous too, I had to basically fast-forward half of the film. I really didn't enjoy this sequel, what a waste of money.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Feb 08, 2013
    Worst thing I've seen on the big screen. Total sucker. The whole movie was its own blooper.
    Maymay A Super Reviewer
  • Oct 29, 2012
    Wow, I was not expecting the follow-up to the so-bad-it's-excellent Piranha 3D to pretty much just inhabit the "so bad" spectrum, though I ignored warning signs at my own risk. I found the 2010 Piranha to be a sheer blast of campy entertainment, with some world-class gore effects and a game cast. I was actually terribly excited about a sequel; I'm ashamed to admit it now. Where did things go so horribly wrong? Much like Expendables 2, the movie's tone shifts from tongue-in-cheek 80s throwback to meta self-awareness. The movie becomes more of a lousy comedy with some absurd violence rather than a horror movie with a nasty sense of humor. The entire premise is so labored, that a water park would become piranha-infested, and the characters are so unlikable; to dub them one-dimensional is to be too kind. The acting is abysmal even by bottom-of-the-barrel B-movie standards. The celebrity cameos feel wasted, with David Hasselhoff soaking up every second of desperation. The tension is next to nil and the gore effects are pretty cheesy, trading gallons of blood for ingenuity (many character deaths occur off screen, like Gary Busey's). Then once the piranhas strike, the movie just completely abandons any sense of reality and becomes a gonzo comedy of the absurd, with characters behaving like idiots from another dimension. There's even one character that gets decapitated by a simple string of flags. It's at this point that Piranha 3DD drops any slapped-together sense of purpose. And yet this ghoulish mess can only barely make it to a scant 70 minutes (good luck getting through the abominably unfunny end credits outtakes). Reportedly, 3DD had almost the same budget of 3D. Where the hell did that money go? Piranha 3DD completely misfires on every level, failing as a horror movie, a horror-comedy, a comedy, a gore movie, hell, as a suitable movie. Whatever the metric, this movie blows. If you're hard-pressed for gratuitous nudity soaked in blood, watch the superior 2010 Piranha film instead. I'm going to start drinking heavily and forget I ever looked forward to this monstrosity on taste. Nate's Grade: D
    Nate Z Super Reviewer

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