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On Erin Island, an idyllic fishing village off the coast of Ireland, charming but somewhat work-shy Ciaran O'Shea, is tasked with greeting Lisa Nolan, a straight-laced young officer who has arrived from the mainland. Not that there is much for them to do, aside from dealing with the occasional drunk, and that's usually O'Shea himself. But strange doings are afoot: the crew of a fishing boat disappears, whales start appearing dead on the shore, a local lobsterman catches a strange tentacled creature in his trap. Soon it becomes clear to O'Shea and Nolan that there's… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Off to the pub!"
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"A polished, watchable genre entertainment that nonetheless lacks the inspired dialogue and situations needed to make a memorable impression."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"Out of all the bad decisions you've drunkenly made, one viewing of Grabbers makes up for the lot of them. With or without beer goggles, Jon Wright's film is equally entertaining - and without any regrets the following morning!"
‑ Matt Donato, We Got This Covered
"The biggest issue with Grabbers is that it's more slick than squirmy. Aside from a few good low-fi gross-out scenes ... Grabbers has the look and style of a big-budget action epic, not a scrappy little indie-horror."
‑ Noel Murray, The Dissolve
"For a horror comedy it needed some comedy and some horror."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"Wright checks off the expected genre boxes with the gleeful mischief of a gremlin trashing a plane engine."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, NPR
"Recommended only for those peering through the thickest of beer goggles."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"Perfect fodder for a late-night audience, UK/Irish co-production Grabbers, directed by Jon Wright, is a fun ride, and while it doesn't reinvent the "Tremors" and Slither modern-b-movie wheel, it adds a few neat touches to that formula."
‑ Jessica Kiang, The Playlist
"Good, clean genre entertainment, the sort of harmless yet endearing brand of moviemaking seemingly unattainable in today's Hollywood system."
‑ Drew Hunt, Slant Magazine
"This is not quite a horror version of Whisky Galore but there are reminders of Ealing's comic élan."
‑ Derek Malcolm, This is London
"The tough thing about genre hybrids is that they have to fulfill both genres, and Grabbers only nails one of them."
‑ Sam Adams, AV Club
"Grabbers combines horror and comedy into one extremely satisfying octopus-like baby that results in some of the most fun you'll have with any film this year."
‑ Chris Sawin,
"The movie never aspires to be more than a cookie-cutter creature feature-the kind of film that can be washed back with a pint and then forgotten in the morning."
‑ Ben Kenigsberg,
"A traditional creature feature with a touch of the "diddley aye.""
‑ Roger Moore, McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"This ambitious mix of mirth and menace is an offbeat and hugely enjoyable affair."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
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