The Swarm
The Swarm (1978)

Killer bees migrate to the United States from Africa via South America in this disaster film produced and directed by the genre's chief architect, Irwin Allen, and written by Stirling Silliphant, scribe of The Poseidon Adventure.… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: July 14, 1978
DVD Release Date: August 6, 2002
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Critic Score: 13% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Killer bees periodically interrupt the arch writing, stilted direction and ludicrous acting in Irwin Allen's disappointing and tired non-thriller.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Quite unbelievably terrible, just campy enough to be fun-bad instead of merely bad-bad.

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Alan Jones
Radio Times

Quick, call on entomologist Michael Caine and a hive of Hollywood has-beens to out-ham each other while reciting terrible dialogue and getting stung by coloured Styrofoam pellets!

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Jennifer Selway
Time Out

A number of journalists, rolling in the aisles with laughter, were ejected from the press screening.

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Empire Magazine

Hammy action yarn with an entertaining performance from Michael Caine.

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TV Guide

A B movie in every sense of the term.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Mr. Allen might just as well have devoted his talents to man-eating goldfish, poodles on the rampage or carniverous canaries.

Richard Luck

Hugely entertaining in all the ways it isn't meant to be.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The all-star cast, mostly consisting of has-been actors, deliver dialogue so bad it can kill.

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Flixster Audience Score: 18% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
The Swarm is a mindless and amusing nature gone wild, horror disaster film with killer bees. With an all star cast that deliver some good performances, but… More
jay nixon
Just awful movie with inept "special" effects and a host of usually fine actors giving atrocious performances. Katharine Ross in particular is… More
Aj V
This movie is full of stars, but thin on plot. What is interesting about it, though, is that it is a combination of a disaster movie and one of the batch of… More
xGary Xx
The commercial success of the likes of The Towering Inferno and The Poseidon Adventure inspired a slew of increasingly absurd disaster movies, and this is one… More
Melvin White
Dr. Krim: They're more virulent than the Australian Brown-Box Jellyfish!† "It's more than speculation- it's a prediction!" There are… More
Dean McKenna
A long mild horror film of the killer bees and great appearances of famous Hollywood stars.