Q (1982)

"Q" stands for Quetzalcoatl, the legendary Aztec flying serpent. The pesky, four-clawed aerial lizard has been uprooted from its Mexican home for a New York Museum exhibits; "Q" escapes, nestling in the spires of the… More

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Rated: R
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Genre: Drama, Horror
Release Date: September 8, 1982
DVD Release Date: November 25, 2003
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Critic Score: 65% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Pat Graham
Chicago Reader

Cohen's obviously having fun with the cheesy clay animation, and Michael Moriarty delivers an inspired, whacked-out performance as a small-time operater who tries to turn the monster into his own private bonanza, but the rest... is disengaged and sloppy.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

"Q" has no idea what it is, and it shows with a question mark ending that left me giggling more than anything.

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Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

They don't make 'em like this anymore, and that's a shame. It's one of the best grindhouse-type pictures of the '80s.

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Time Out

We have no hesitation in awarding Oscars all round.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Cohen and his crew soak the picture in Big Apple atmosphere, and Carradine is disarmingly relaxed as the wisecracking detective. Yet it's Moriarty who really sparks the proceedings with his offbeat characterization.

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Sarah Boslaugh

...an inspired bit of madness from exploitation writer/director Larry Cohen...

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

The only movie in which you may ever see a gnawed, bloody skeleton wearing a gold charm bracelet.

Scott Tobias
The Dissolve

While Q won't give anyone nightmares, there's a throwback charm to it that honors Japanese monster movies more authentically than an expensive Hollywood production ever could.

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Ian Berriman
SFX Magazine

Q works because Larry Cohen plays it pretty straight. Guerrilla filming on the streets of NYC helps create a sense of verisimilitude, and the characterisation is both unusual and strong.

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Flixster Audience Score: 42% Flixster User Reviews
Cory Taylor
Ray Harryhausen would be flattered with the stop-motion animation that adorns Quetzalcoatl, a prehistoric reptile who decapitates window-washers with a single… More
Steve K
Not at all what I expected. The dragon portion of the film was the least interesting. Michael Moriarity's trippy, eccentric performance is the real… More
Adam Mahler
About an hour in, Morarty goes off the rails and Cohen gives up on plotting and good dialogue. But until then, it's one of the most unique genre movies… More
Aj V
Now this is a modern dragon tale! It's got blood and gore and a giant dragon flying around a major city, I love it.
xGary Xx
Amusingly ridiculous monster b-movie in which a giant dragon goes round lopping off heads in New York City, and yet the NYPD finds it inexplicably difficult to… More
Ken Stachnik
Richard Roundtree (Shaft of Shaft) and David Carradine (Bill of Kill Bill) fight a winged serpent in Manhattan with machine guns. That not awesome enough for… More