Swamp Thing
Swamp Thing (1982)

Director Wes Craven, who went on to fame as the force behind blockbuster horror films such as A Nightmare on Elm Street, departed from his favorite genre to film this unique cult classic -- a spoof on the mad scientist movies of the 1950s.… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: August 14, 2001
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Unabashedly campy -- often to its detriment -- Swamp Thing is not without its charms, among them Adrienne Barbeau as the damsel in distress.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The film is too lazy to provide any actual jokes with its send-up of the genre.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

One of those movies that fall somewhere between buried treasures and guilty pleasures.

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J.C. Mašek III
PopMatters

'Swamp Thing' may be more of a rubber monster creature feature than a truly accurate comic book adaptation, but it's a treat for fans of the movie and the graphic novels.

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Variety

Short on thrills and laughs.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

[The film] wants desperately to be funny and, from time to time, it is. However, you might wish it would trust the audience to discover the humor for itself.

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Keith Phipps
The Dissolve

Swamp Thing has many dubious qualities, but it clearly isn't a piece of product tested and polished to a blinding gleam, and the world is duller for not letting oddball efforts like this slip into theaters once in a while.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Craven tries to do this 'veggie-man' horror in a suitable DC Comics style; and with Louis Jourdan as arch-villain 'Arcane', not to mention Adrienne Barbeau (Mrs John Carpenter) as the Thing's object of desire, he's definitely on the right track.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

This campy adaptation of the DC Comics series has always been the odd title out in Wes Craven's horror filmography. It's all the better for it, since it's one of the few movies from this overrated auteur that I can personally stand.

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John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

masterfully entertaining film on a limited budget

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Flixster Audience Score: 34% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
One of the better received and critically lauded films of Wes Craven's early career; "Swamp Thing" has a long and fortuitous history that I for… More
Ken Stachnik
Kind of underwhelming like seeing Barbeau's boobs. Sigh... David Hess anyone?
Luke Baldock
A rather embarrassing film that offers nervous chuckles as it's biggest form of entertainment. With someone like Wes Craven, I expected at least a bit of… More
Conner Rainwater
It definitely has a comic book atmosphere that most adaptions lack. However, it is plagued with a light story that never really takes off and becomes as… More
AJ Verser
An interesting monster movie, a little late on the scene, monster movies weren't so popular anymore in the 80s I don't think. It's not bad, but… More
Alex roy
Guaranteed to make you have a good time, Swamp Thing is a terrific super hero horror film. The film definitely suffers from bad acting and bad special effects,… More