Gremlins (1984)

"Don't expose him to bright light. Don't ever get him wet. And don't ever, ever feed him after midnight." This sage advice is ignored midway through Gremlins, with devastating results. This comic Joe Dante effort is… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 1, 1984
DVD Release Date: June 22, 1999
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Whether you choose to see it as a statement on consumer culture or simply a special effects-heavy popcorn flick, Gremlins is a minor classic.

Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

A wildly original roller-coaster ride of hilarious mischief.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

What's confusing yet ultimately illuminating is the way his gremlins function as a free-floating metaphor, suggesting at separate junctures everything from teenagers to blacks to various Freudian suppressions.

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Clive James
Observer (UK)

Spoof horror doesn't horrify, it sickens. Spoof comedy doesn't amuse, it annoys. Spoof comic horror is for the stuffed birds.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

A horror-comedy about cute little Christmas toy/pets who turn into murderous monsters wreaking havoc on a Norman Rockwellian town.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Dante is perhaps the first filmmaker since Frank Tashlin to base his style on the formal free-for-all of animated cartoons; he is also utterly heartless.

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David Keyes

There is satire here: a sense of silly but thoughtful consideration on the Christmas traditions and how easily all the relatable facades crumble as a consequence of simple illusions being so easily shattered.

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Variety Staff

The humans are little more than dress-extras for the mechanics.

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Tom Huddleston
Time Out

Dante gleefully sinks his teeth into the kind of fluffy, sugary, sickly small town fantasy beloved of his pal and sometime producer Spielberg.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

An entertaining and original horror film with top notch effects, a great villain, and a brilliant score...

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
I think I appreciate this movie as an adult more than I ever did as a child. (Is it even truly a kids film?! Some of it is pretty scary for a child). Though… More
KJ Proulx
For such a serious tone to the film, with such an off-putting idea, "Gremlins" does everything right both in uniqueness and in style. I loved every… More
Phil Hubbs
Probably one of the first horror comedies supposedly for all the family. Released back in 84 at a time when there was some incredibly stiff competition at the… More
Lucas Martins
A criative cult pop movie. Gremlins it's the schizophrenic personification of America fears with a touch of Steven Spielberg.
Alice Shen
My foray into 80s Horror/Comedy education begins here. Gizmo is super cute, the explicit scenes of gremlin-cide are campy and hilarious, and I finally know the… More
Alex roy
Gremlins is another film by master director Joe Dante. The film blends Comedy and Horror very well and is a very creative film. What I love most about this film… More