Anaconda (1997)

A documentary film crew journeys to the depths of the Amazon in search of the mysterious Shirishama Indians, and ends up fighting a gargantuan, insatiable snake that squeezes its prey to death, eats it whole, regurgitates it and then eats… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: April 11, 1997
DVD Release Date: January 1, 1998
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Critic Score: 38% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

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.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Anaconda is about a snake that eats everybody. That about says it all.

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Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

An above average specimen hungering for tasty morsels.

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Joe Leydon

A silly and plodding Jaws rip-off about a 40-foot man-eating snake on the prowl in the Brazilian rain forest.

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Anaconda is such a classic combination of feckless dramaturgy and rampant excess that giving way to giggles is the only sane response.

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Steve Newton
Georgia Straight

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.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

One never questions the realism of the remarkable animatronic and computer-generated effects, but it's hard to credit a snake that screams.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

A trashily entertaining reptilian version of Jaws set in the steaming heart of the Amazon rain forest.

Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews

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]

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Flixster Audience Score: 24% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
Even if you manage to overlook how idiotic and laughable all that (highly) inaccurate information about anacondas is, it is still hard to ignore the nonsensical… More
Phil Hubbs
Saw this film when it first came out and I enjoyed back then I must admit but watching it now it hasn't held up too well. First off the cast is quite an… More
Melvin White
Paul Serone: They strike, wrap around you. Hold you tighter than your true love. And you get the privilege, of hearing your bones break before the power of… More
Richard C
Wow this movie sucks. I guess I was entertained at parts but I was mostly just bored. It almost a so bad it's good kind of movie that you just laugh at. C-
Alex roy
Anaconda is a mediocre film and echoes creature films of the 1970's such as Jaws, Piranha and Grizzly. Except this time around it's a giant Anaconda… More
Ken Stachnik
A surprisingly star studded cast chew scenery like it's going out of style. Which isn't necessary a bad thing.