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Snakes on a Plane Reviews

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David Denby
New Yorker
August 28, 2006
Intentional low camp always seems wrong unless it's very funny; in trash, one wants clumsiness, even a certain tackiness, and this movie has the production values and the high-tech fluency of a much bigger movie.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 21, 2006
A triumph of high-concept but low-ambition filmmaking.
| Original Score: C+
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
August 21, 2006
There's a certain knee-jerk impulse to bash Snakes, just because of all the ridiculous buildup, but the film delivers on its promise of reptilian fun, with a camp mix of comedy, horror and suspense.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
August 18, 2006
The plot is ridiculous and the characters are cardboard, but none of that really matters once the snakes get into the fuselage and start zapping people, the very definition of entertainment.
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
August 18, 2006
This Internet-promoted lark about a Hawaii-to-L.A. flight besieged by a frenzied tangle of snakes is hilariously funny, full of fang-popping scares, and guaranteed to increase travel by train.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
August 18, 2006
When 'fans' respond to an unabashedly silly title like Snakes on a Plane and start riffing on it, how seriously do they mean for their suggestions to be taken?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
August 18, 2006
Chances are you'll be too giddy to think about anything other than a second helping. Tarantulas on a Train? Scorpions on a Sailboat perhaps? Fear not, the internet is already abuzz.
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Jim Ridley
Village Voice
August 18, 2006
Like the flailing airline industry -- which probably sent executives out for ice packs when they heard the title -- it gives you the ride you paid for, and nothing extra.
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
August 18, 2006
The movie is aware of its cheesiness, one reason it works so well. It's an exploitation flick that knows what it wants to do, and it gets the job done expertly.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
August 18, 2006
Snakes takes forever to get going... [and] once the mother****ing snakes get loose in the mother****ing plane, the film doesn't improve.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Jen Chaney
Washington Post
August 18, 2006
Snakes on a Plane is pure escapist fun and absolutely nothing more.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
August 18, 2006
Snakes was born dumb, but was then rendered ordinary.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
August 18, 2006
The director, David R. Ellis, is not exactly Alfred Hitchcock -- he's often messy in his stagings -- but as his picture rattles along its thrill a minute flight plan he does manage to induce a certain amnesia about its preposterous premise.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
August 18, 2006
You'll never complain about those in-flight meals again. Things could be so much worse.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 18, 2006
Samuel L. Jackson is on record as saying this movie isn't for critics. He's right about that. The problem is, it's not for many other people, either. Unless they're stoned. Or drunk. Or just enjoy making fun of bad movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 18, 2006
[We] have SoaP to remind us of what a B movie can be when it's produced with utter contempt for its target audience.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
August 18, 2006
Whether Snakes on a Plane means to be bad, or is just bad by being its own bad self, the truth is it's so bad that it's pretty good.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
August 18, 2006
Snakes is bad in a bland, calculated, marketing-is-all way, which is what you might expect from a movie that has been shaped around its marketing campaign from the jump (or from the slither, if you will).
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 18, 2006
It is a great cheeseball of silliness, a 'B' movie that has enough sense to embrace its 'B'-ness and then squeeze, like a boa constrictor. It is intentionally sublimely ridiculous from beginning to end.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 18, 2006
What, exactly, is the joke? If this cornball exploitation disaster movie had been called Anaconda 3: Flight of Fear (or, as was once planned, Pacific Air 121), we could all stop pretending that there was something exotically tacky about it.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times
August 18, 2006
Without that title and a year's worth of Internet-fueled buzz, this would be just another forgettable, mildly entertaining, mid-August throwaway movie.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
August 18, 2006
Snakes on a Plane could have been great, good-bad fun. All it had to do was live up to its name.
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
August 18, 2006
A staggeringly inane B-grade monster movie that doesn't pretend to be anything but a staggeringly inane B-grade monster movie and in fact so embraces its staggering B-grade inanity that it achieves a kind of elevated pop-cultural integrity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
August 18, 2006
There's no possibility it leaves unexplored. Snakes in a cockpit dashboard, snakes in a barf bag, in a runaway drink cart hurtling down the center aisle -- and that's saving the best reptile-in-an-unexpected-spot gags for your viewing pleasure.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
August 18, 2006
Snakes on a Plane is neither as good nor as bad as you'd hoped it would be: It's just a mediocre exploitation picture with an inspired premise.
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 18, 2006
It's the funniest thriller of the year, although I'm not sure if everything we laugh at is supposed to be amusing.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
August 18, 2006
The first Internet joke ever made into a movie, Snakes on a Plane is just ridiculous and depraved enough to excite a cult following among high campers who are ready to enlist in a movie that gets one over on Hollywood.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 18, 2006
If loving S.O.A.P. is wrong, I don't want to be right.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
August 18, 2006
All anyone really needs to know about this amusingly crude, honestly satisfying artifact is snakes + plane + Samuel L. Jackson.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
August 18, 2006
Being as susceptible to over-the-top gratuitous absurdity as the next person, I had as good a time watching the movie as I did listening to the shrieking and hooting from the audience -- both to join in the fun and keep fears at bay.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 18, 2006
Sick as it is, it captures more of the joy of movie-going than virtually any other summer movie this year.
| Original Score: 3/5
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 18, 2006
At the end, the crowd applauded to signify their ironic appreciation for the imperishable pleasures of trash culture. Unfortunately, with Snakes on a Plane, there isn't much of a joke to be in on.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
August 18, 2006
If you can find a better time at the movies this year than this wild comic thriller, let me in on it. I'm there.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
August 18, 2006
Rational people can agree on two things: Snakes are evil, and nobody swears more entertainingly than Samuel L. Jackson.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 18, 2006
There is also something educational to be gleaned here: Snakes are not indigenous to Hawaii and they don't attack unless provoked.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Justin Chang
Variety
August 18, 2006
Snakes on a Plane is at its best when it surrenders to the exuberant trashiness and matter-of-fact hilarity promised by its title.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 18, 2006
Me, I liked Anaconda better.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 18, 2006
Jackson is The Man, and he bestrides this film with the authority of someone who knows the value of honest bilge. He's as much the auteur of this baby as the director and screenwriters, and that fierce glimmer in his eye is partly joy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
August 18, 2006
Call me. I'll see it again with you this weekend.
| Original Score: B-
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Christy Lemire
NPR.org
August 18, 2006
This is an event. It's a rare example of a film not just living up to the hype, but surpassing it. And it's the best time you'll have at the movies all summer, if not all year.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 17, 2006
In short, Snakes on a Plane delivers exactly what it promised and then some. And how often can you say that about a movie these days?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
August 17, 2006
The massaged script is now a little too knowing and calculated, nudging the audience in anticipation of each snake attack or corny gag.