Gremlins
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"Don't expose him to bright light. Don't ever get him wet. And don't ever, ever feed him after midnight." This sage advice is ignored midway through Gremlins, with devastating results. This comic Joe Dante effort is set in a Norman Rockwell-esque small town at Christmastime. Seeking a unique gift for his son an erstwhile inventor (Hoyt Axton) purchases a cute, fuzzy little "Mogwai" from a Chinatown shopkeeper's (Keye Luke) grandson (John Louie), who dispenses the above-mentioned warning before closing the deal. Meanwhile, young bank clerk Billy Peltzer (Zach… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 84%

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"A wildly original roller-coaster ride of hilarious mischief."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"What's confusing yet ultimately illuminating is the way his gremlins function as a free-floating metaphor, suggesting at separate junctures everything from teenagers to blacks to various Freudian suppressions."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Here's the season's most delicious and unexpected surprise. Despite the horror-flick title, Gremlins is a movie of wicked wit and startling invention, and it has a heart that's at least a match for the special effects."
‑ Peter Travers, People Magazine
"Phoebe Cates's admirably straight-faced Christmas speech should be compulsory viewing during the festive season."
‑ John Ferguson, Radio Times
"The 1984 creature feature in which a Capra-esque idyll is besieged by ravening beasties."
‑ Robbie Collin, Daily Telegraph
"A horror-comedy about cute little Christmas toy/pets who turn into murderous monsters wreaking havoc on a Norman Rockwellian town."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Dante is perhaps the first filmmaker since Frank Tashlin to base his style on the formal free-for-all of animated cartoons; he is also utterly heartless."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Think of A Christmas Carol visited by The Birds. Think of The Muppet Movie run amok. Imagine a berserk film editor splicing It's a Wonderful Life to Invasion of the Body Snatchers, with quoting from Snow White and a nod to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Brilliantly potent social critique of Reagan-era fear-mongering and consumerism."
‑ Glenn Heath Jr., Little White Lies
"Director Joe Dante tells a simple story with anarchic spirit, rabid humour and painstaking puppetry to delightfully messy effect."
‑ Kirsty Leckie-Palmer, The Skinny
"The humans are little more than dress-extras for the mechanics."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Dante gleefully sinks his teeth into the kind of fluffy, sugary, sickly small town fantasy beloved of his pal and sometime producer Spielberg."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"This postmodern, endlessly referential, utterly ruthless film is an ingenious, delightfully scary fairytale horror flick ..."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"An enchanting yet savagely funny movie, Gremlins belongs alongside Ghostbusters as an enduring mainstream masterpiece from the summer of 1984. Just don't watch it after midnight."
‑ Ben Rawson-Jones, Digital Spy
"A subversive parable on the dangers of irresponsible pet care that doubles as an antidote to small-town Americana and Yuletide sentimentality."
‑ Neil Smith, Total Film
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