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A little girl is found wandering in the desert, in a state of complete shock. When she finally revives, she can scream out only one word: "Them!" Any aficionado of 1950s horror films can readily tell you that "Them" are giant ants, a byproduct of the radiation attending the atomic bomb tests of the era. Extremely well organized, these deadly eight-to-twenty-foot mutations converge on the storm drains of Los Angeles in the finale. Forming a united front against the oncoming ant battalions are New Mexico police sergeant James Whitmore, FBI representative James Arness, and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This science-fiction shocker has a well-plotted story [by George Worthington Yates, adapted by Russell Hughes], expertly directed and acted in a matter-of-fact style."
‑ , Variety
"Decently budgeted and atmospheric, it's a sober accomplishment in a cycle that would quickly turn to self-parody."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Smart and idiosyncratic, with enough climaxes for two movies."
‑ Rob Humanick,
"Them! was Warner Brothers' highest grossing film of 1954 and inspired countless imitations, all of which were inferior to the original."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"After half a century it remains THE quintessential giant-bug picture."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"Definitely a chiller."
‑ A.H. Weiler, New York Times
"Easily the best of the giant insect movies... exploring the subject with the full gravity of its horror."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"It isn't all that bad, except when the ants themselves show up."
‑ James O'Ehley, Sci-Fi Movie Page
"Who doesn't love a giant ant movie? Who?"
‑ Christopher Null,
"As giant insect movies go, this is the best"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"By far the best of the '50s cycle of 'creature features.'"
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Skillfully made science fiction classic intelligently develops scary premise."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"This is first-rate pulp."
‑ , Film4
"Sci-fi shocker is surprisingly timely"
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"'1954 classic represents the best of the Cold War radiation scare films'"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
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