Rodents of Unusual Size (2018)


Critic Consensus: Rodents of Unusual Size approaches a variety of timely and thought-provoking subjects from fresh angles -- and a lot of surprisingly large creatures in the bargain.


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Hard headed Louisiana fisherman Thomas Gonzales doesn't know what will hit him next. After decades of hurricanes and oil spills he faces a new threat - hordes of monstrous 20 pound swamp rats. Known as "nutria", these invasive South American rodents breed faster than the roving squads of hunters can control them. And with their orange teeth and voracious appetite they are eating up the coastal wetlands that protects Thomas and his town of Delacroix Island from hurricanes. But the people who have lived here for generations are not the type of folks who will give up without a fight. Thomas and a pack of lively bounty hunters are hellbent on saving Louisiana before it dissolves beneath their feet. It is man vs. rodent. May the best mammal win.

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All Critics (35) | Top Critics (8)

It's a fascinating look -- and it's only 70 minutes long.

Jan 31, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Directors Quinn Costello, Chris Metzler, and Jeff Springer emphasize their subjects' creativity and camaraderie, resulting in a upbeat, flavorful community portrait.

Oct 2, 2018 | Full Review…

The film demonstrates a surprising - and commendable - frankness, especially as its creators interview those working to stay afloat amid hurricanes and nutria-accelerated coastal erosion.

Sep 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Rodents of Unusual Size is also a look at how human folly can contribute to environmental disaster, but awareness and ingenuity can help bail us out.

Sep 14, 2018 | Full Review…

The film's initial non-judgmental perspective eventually sounds more like a public service announcement...

Sep 12, 2018 | Full Review…

A bit icky yet full of charm.

Sep 1, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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