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A documentary filmmaker and her crew journey to the depths of the Amazon in search of the mysterious Shirishama Indians, "The People of the Mists," and instead find themselves contending with an enormous, insatiable snake that squeezes its prey to death, eats it whole, regurgitates it and then eats it again. Director Terri Flores (Jennifer Lopez) is accompanied by anthropologist Steve Cale (Eric Stolz), who leads the expedition, cinematographer Danny Rich (Ice Cube), sound man Gary Dixon (Owen Wilson), production manager Denise Kalberg (Kari Wuhrer) and Warren Westridge (Jonathan… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 38%

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"Anaconda, directed by Luis Llosa with all of the subtlety of a snake-oil salesman, is in the great tradition of cinematic cheese, as processed as Kraft Singles slices."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"Anaconda is about a snake that eats everybody. That about says it all."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"An above average specimen hungering for tasty morsels."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"...never quite lives up to the promise of its admittedly irresistible set-up..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"If you shut your brain down you'll have some fun."
‑ John Venable,
"A silly and plodding Jaws rip-off about a 40-foot man-eating snake on the prowl in the Brazilian rain forest."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"Anaconda is such a classic combination of feckless dramaturgy and rampant excess that giving way to giggles is the only sane response."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Just to show, early on, how much danger these folks are in, we get to see the film's titular star squeeze a black panther so tight that one of its eyeballs pops out."
‑ Steve Newton, Georgia Straight
"lives better in the memory"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson,
"At its best, it refuses to take itself seriously and literally winks at us. But more often, it derives laughs unintentionally."
‑ Harry Hartoonian, Film Threat
"One never questions the realism of the remarkable animatronic and computer-generated effects, but it's hard to credit a snake that screams."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"A trashily entertaining reptilian version of Jaws set in the steaming heart of the Amazon rain forest."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"In its natural habitat, Anaconda can be appreciated for its campy pleasures, not the least of which is Jon Voight in a delirious, balls-out performance as creepy Paraguayan snake poacher Paul Serone. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Luis Llosa's Anaconda is great "B" movie trash, complete with bad special effects and cheesy monsters."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Done with such a wry sense of humor - thanks, especially, to an over-the-top, hopefully intentional, outrageous performance by Jon Voight, and some nifty snake effects - that you forgive its derivative nature and settle down for some fun."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
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