Creature from the Black Lagoon
Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

Universal Pictures introduced audiences to yet another classic movie monster with this superbly crafted film, originally presented in 3-D. The story involves the members of a fossil-hunting expedition down a dark tributary of the… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: March 5, 1954
DVD Release Date: August 28, 2001
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Critic Score
84%
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User Score
73%

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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A solid, atmospheric creature feature that entertains without attempting to be deeper than it needs.

Milton Luban
Hollywood Reporter

It makes for solid horror-thrill entertainment.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

The routine story is mightily improved by Arnold's sure sense of atmospheric locations and by the often sympathetic portrait of the monster.

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Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm

When I was a kid, this was the movie monster I wanted to be.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Jack Arnold has a flair for this sort of thing, and if there really is anything frightening about a man dressed up in a rubber suit with zippers where the gills ought to be, Arnold comes close to finding it.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

The whole thing is ultimately just a '50s B-movie, but it's hard to imagine what they could have done to make it a better one.

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Steve Macfarlane
Slant Magazine

What distinguished Jack Arnold's pictures from mutant spinoffs/knockoffs is even more imperative to sci-fi today than it was in 1954: wonderment.

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A.H. Weiler
New York Times

This adventure has no depth.

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Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers

Okay, it's just a guy in a rubber suit. Even people in the 1950's weren't afraid of this so-called monster. But, there's some camp value to this on-the-water and under-the-water adventure.

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Rob Humanick
Suite101.com

The beats of the film are like overused sandpaper, too worn down and tattered to have more than a passing effect.

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
The creature's makeup and design are stunning and look very realistic for the time the movie came out, while the underwater scenes are really awesome and… More
Jacob Ethington
There's a reason why this is one of the most legendary monster films in existence. It doesn't really have that good of a story, or acting, but the… More
Stella Dallas
great atmosphere and underwater scenes! a monster movie classic
Alex roy
This classic monster film inspired an entire new generation of horror monster. The Creature from the Black Lagoon is a classic of horror. The film is a… More
Christopher Heim
The story and characters are rather simplistic but the true reason to see this film is for the legendary "Gill Man". The underwater scenes are… More
Randy Tippy
Okay, so maybe it doesn't deserve FOUR stars but <i>Creature from the Black Lagoon</i> is such an integral and beloved part of my childhood… More