Arachnophobia (1990)

Referring to the fear of spiders, Arachnophobia features a particularly deadly species of spider that manages to make its way from the Venezuelan rain forest to a small California town, thanks to the many oversights of entomologist Julian… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: July 18, 1990
DVD Release Date: June 15, 1999
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Arachnophobia may not deliver genuine chills, but it's an affectionate, solidly built tribute to Hollywood's classic creature features.

Variety Staff

Frank Marshall's sophisticated feature directing debut never indulges in ultimate gross-out effects and carefully chooses both its victims and its means of depicting their dispatch.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

That sound you hear in the background is the ''ugh!'' heard round the world. Luckily, ''Arachnophobia'' will also be generating its share of boisterous, nervous laughter.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A slasher film with spiders doing the work for the masked serial killer, and director Marshall twists that formula around for a diverse audience.

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David Ansen

First-time director Frank Marshall has long been Steven Spielberg's producer, and he's learned the master's lessons well.

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Joe Brown
Washington Post

It's a one-joke movie, a funhouse ride, the cinematic equivalent of having a rubber spider thrown in your lap. But it doesn't matter if you reject the wispy script or the plot, which has as much substance as a spider's web; you'll jump every time.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Fairly engaging.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Designed to reduce the audience to a squirming mass, the film yields plenty of grisly pleasures.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

Frank Marshall, a constant Spielberg collaborator, makes his directorial debut in this genial horror movie, a sweet infestation that creeps and crawls but wouldn't scare anybody.

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James Plath
Movie Metropolis

"Arachnophobia" is a notch or two above the typical creature horror movie, with solid special effects and a decent story that isn't just one "Boo!" after the other.

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Flixster Audience Score: 53% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
This is one of those films that can be described as a classic B-movie in both the good sense and the bad. Its very much like the film 'Congo' really,… More
Ken Stachnik
Unless you actually have arachnophobia, it would be hard to really call this film horrific. Frank Marshall (the director) called it a thrill-omedy, and that… More
Manu Gino
Eight legs, two fangs and an attitude. "Arachnophobia" is a very entertaining horror movie produced by Steven Spielberg. A group of researchers are… More
Alex roy
Arachnophobia promises to be quite amusing. A film that is tongue in cheek, Arachnophobia is a humourous Horror film, using the fear of spiders as a plot… More
Wahida K
I watched with a Friend who has arachnophobia, still she wanted to watch this Movie very badly. Okay. It wasnt fun for me to hear her scream next to me… More
Chris Weber
The fact that spiders really do bother me is partially why this film is so effective, at least to me and others like me. Even for people who aren't… More