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Gremlins

Gremlins

1984
Comedy
Fantasy
1h 46m
A boy inadvertantly breaks 3 important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town (imdb)
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Gremlins

1984
Comedy
Fantasy
1h 46m
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Rated 21 Sep 2023
92
84th
Gizmo was just a single parent doing his best.
Rated 06 Aug 2015
77
83rd
This movie has aged hella well. I'd say twice as well as the word, "hella." How about Spielberg seizing the opportunity to work with horror standouts like Tobe Hooper on Poltergeist and Jaws knockoff artist (Piranha) Joe Dante on this? It was Spielberg's passion project to make movies that kids could laugh at until the rug gets pulled out and they never sleep again. Weird part is I think that's kind of admirable. Too bad George Lucas found a better way to ruin childhoods.
Rated 15 Nov 2009
90
93rd
One of those holiday greats. This fantasy spin on Cujo is cute, scary and deliciously funny: Gremlins may be homocidal, but you've got to ask yourself how much you can ever truly hate a race of monsters, that thinks Snowwhite is the shit. Gremlins reminds you of a time, when movies for the whole family didn't entail talking down to the audience. Great theme-song too!
Rated 25 Sep 2010
68
65th
Merry Christmas! Santa brought you a tiny monkey that shits babies out of its back when moistened and turns into a demon if you feed it chicken at night.
Rated 16 Dec 2018
77
77th
I suspect there is a hint of nostalgia that keeps me liking this, but there is plenty to enjoy here. The tone is certainly uneven, but the undercurrent of humour keeps it fun throughout. The cast, setting and creature design help as well. Needed more Phoebe Cates, though. Darkly humorous, mischievous Christmas nonsense.
Rated 20 Dec 2009
74
40th
Cheesy but fun. It's filled with movie reference winks to the audience and a lot of the action feels tongue in cheek, which works well.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
85
76th
It's a horror movie with a family friendly twist. It's like watching a cartoon come to life. It's hard to resist this fun flick, and Gizmo is practically a pop icon! Really good!
Rated 25 Dec 2017
94
97th
This iconic 80's classic is THE definitive Christmas horror/comedy film, and I will fight you about it. Is it perfect? No. Do the 3 "rules" make sense? No. Can I separate my nostalgia from this review? No, but the movie still to this day remains one of the most charming and entertaining creature features ever made! The "weird" kids' version of "E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial"(1982) with a darkly comedic holiday flavor.
Rated 24 Jul 2017
5
73rd
what was intended as a cautionary tale about capitalism destroying executive producer spielberg's homely small-town america, corrupting and cynically mass-producing the magic of hollywood in the process, ends up as joe dante's joyous celebration of that same america and that same hollywood getting torn to fucking shreds looney tunes-style by monsters of its own creation. the sequel is an entirely different beast, but this is a sumptuous, gleefully nightmarish satire in its own right.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
74
59th
Totally silly horror fun. Doesn't even come remotely close to taking itself seriously and that's why it's so good.
Rated 22 Apr 2010
63
38th
Rewatch: Great idea, shame the execution is uneven. I was ready to embrace this flashback but found the shifts in tone too jarring. Jumps around from It's a Wonderful Life homage with wacky fun to bursts of horror and twisted violence, then back to wacky. Undercutting that with jaunty music doesn't work either. The serious (yet hilarious) Santa story left me as confused as the actors seemed. This all stinks of studio interference and leaves me with a feeling of what might have been.
Rated 19 Jun 2014
80
72nd
Maybe the Gremlins were just misunderstood - at least some of them. Take the breakdancer in the bar...Or the one with the puppets...Or the one he was entertaining who just wanted to drink his problems away. Just because some of the Gremlins were dicks doesn't mean they all had to die.
Rated 02 Sep 2008
80
50th
Gremlins is a clever satire on the 80's, coping with topics like the decline of American culture in favour of asian values, commercialism & the yuppie culture in an increasing cold social "Reaganomics" climate. Its message is presented in a very dark but also humorous way, with lots of memorable moments & characters. People with weak nerves however should reconsider watching it, because it can sometimes be quite graphic. Also noticeable is the excellent music score by Jerry Goldsmith.
Rated 29 Dec 2009
95
82nd
Who doesn't love Gremlins?
Rated 18 Dec 2016
75
64th
Iconic and completely worth your time. Very much a staple, for the same reason E.T. or Evil Dead is, but on a lesser note. Gremlins is interesting and well-made even if the acting isn't something to write home about. Just watch it cause its a good time, that's all you need.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
75
63rd
Great christmas horror comedy. Familly fun.
Rated 05 Apr 2009
70
71st
Family friendly horror that holds up, the Gremlins are the best main characters Wes Craven/Tobe Hooper could ask for cute and vicious. A true delight.
Rated 23 Aug 2008
90
85th
classic!
Rated 22 Oct 2017
68
66th
Gremlins is a product of a bygone era where darker films were marketed to kids and blockbusters tried to be original. Whether it's a successful satire on consumer culture is open to debate, but it's easy to admire Dante's/Columbus' gall to create a hybrid horror/comedy with a sly sadistic streak. Some of the effects have obviously dated, and Spielberg's influence is mostly regrettable, but the mayhem unleashed by the Gremlins in a small Capra-esque town still provides solid entertainment.
Rated 26 Oct 2007
80
94th
Very original and fresh, a lot of fun, fun effects and good laughs with appealing casting.
Rated 06 Dec 2011
88
93rd
possibly my favorite movie growing up and the greatest christmas movie of all time
Rated 24 May 2017
90
94th
Gizmo is perhaps the greatest character ever created.
Rated 27 Feb 2009
100
97th
Awesomest movie ever!
Rated 18 Nov 2012
80
86th
Remember how Donnie Darko almost broke down under hypnosis, confessing that he never got the Hungry Hungry Hippoes as a child? Well, a Gizmo doll was high on my crave-list way back when. That guy is criminally cute. (The doll much more so than Gizmo is in the film!) But try not to piss off his "friends", will ya? In fact, why not just adhere to the pretty damn simple rules, eh?
Rated 14 Aug 2007
58
34th
Kudos for originality.
Rated 12 Aug 2010
100
92nd
Amazing movie with many great elements of good storytelling--laughs, comedy, horror. This is a perfect blend and wonderful to watch with the family. One of my kids favorite.
Rated 02 May 2012
95
82nd
Classic movie and sci fi kids movie! Great to go back and watch the cheesiness!
Rated 28 Nov 2014
57
25th
Does to Christmas what Psycho did for Mothers Day.
Rated 28 May 2017
4
34th
Worth watching if you're interested in the origins of Furby.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
70
63rd
Cute little fuzzy creatures that turn into scaly slobbering monsters if they eat after midnight. A fun and simple creature feature with some quality puppet work.
Rated 09 Mar 2012
70
48th
Judge Reinhold isn't actually a judge?
Rated 17 Dec 2012
56
56th
Silly and enjoyable, despite having a few surprisingly dark (if comedic) moments. It's a bit cheesy and predictable, but I enjoyed the references to other movies, as well as the unusual blend of horror with a family Christmas movie.
Rated 15 Feb 2009
89
33rd
Funny movie.
Rated 26 Dec 2016
81
78th
Gremlins is a creature feature with throwbacks to sci-fi of yore spread throughout. Incidentally, it's also a Christmas movie, only qualifying by setting and copious quantities of fake snow strewn around Los Angeles for the duration of filming. That makes this the perfect storm, it's a Christmas movie when you want it to be, it's a monster movie if you want that, and it's pure fun regardless of the time of year.
Rated 20 Sep 2010
75
93rd
The concept: a corny, Frank Capraesque, home-for-the-holidays movie set in small town America gets hijacked by little green monsters. Some of the wildest, funniest and cruelest on screen mayhem this side of Tex Avery country ensues. Pure anarchy.
Rated 10 Dec 2016
80
75th
A fun lil film. Although I wish someone stronger than Galligan was in the starring role (my apologies to Galligan, if he's reading), it blends a few genres together for something fun.
Rated 17 Sep 2011
84
95th
Always makes me laugh and no matter how many times I watch it, it never gets old. Most people have a film they watch annually at Christmas, this is mine. The ending gets me every time. Oh, Phoebe Cates is ridiculously beautiful.
Rated 18 Apr 2009
9
92nd
This movie is still awesome.
Rated 07 Jan 2014
68
42nd
A wonderful creature feature, though some parts of it are a little dated - the somewhat offputting racism in introducing the Asian characters, the cinematography is often a little too dark, and the film kinda skips from setpiece to setpiece but at the same time spends far too long on the first act. So the pacing is a little off but besides that it's a lot of fun - and full of grisly comic violence which doesn't really happen in the same way anymore in films.
Rated 30 Mar 2007
80
68th
"The Muppet Chainsaw Massacre". Harlan Ellison meant that as a criticism, but I rather like it for the same reason
Rated 14 Aug 2007
93
88th
Superb critter comedy. Joe Dante is an underappreciated genius.
Rated 27 Oct 2017
57
37th
I thought I would love it.
Rated 06 Aug 2021
99
99th
bright light 🥺
Rated 14 Aug 2007
78
54th
Little hamster like creatures with bows and arrows rule!
Rated 25 Jun 2012
4
35th
Mediocrity at its finest. Remove nostalgia and almost no one likes this movie guaranteed. Phoebe Cates tells a pretty amusing and ridiculous story somewhere in the middle which was pretty hilarious and Gizmo is a cute nigga but all in all not worth seeing unless you like 80's cheese. They should've just listened to the Mr. Myagi clone, classic mistake
Rated 14 Dec 2008
90
92nd
one of the most entertaining films ever. I do however slightly like the sequel a bit more.
Rated 10 May 2014
80
65th
Outrageous, contagiously anarchic, pure fun. One of the all time best Popcorn Flicks of the 80's.
Rated 26 May 2007
90
85th
No light, no food after midnight and no water!
Rated 20 Nov 2007
99
98th
Classic must see for all holiday fun. Also, if someones never seen it you can convince them that the main actor is actually a younger John Mayer.
Rated 02 Nov 2017
64
52nd
Yes, I'm starting early with the Christmas movies this year. I remember this fondly from my childhood, but I gotta say that I remembered Gizmo as being rather more realistic than the hand puppet Furby that he actually is. Another thing I didn't remember was all that adult stuff with mortgages and people losing their jobs. Still, the scene with the swimming pool is chilling and I appreciate a woman who isn't afraid to turn on a blender at the right moment.
Rated 11 Apr 2010
3
22nd
The character of Randall Peltzer pretty much sums this film up, plenty of good ideas, but in the end they're poorly executed and don't work very well! It certainly has Spielberg's flashy, geeky, over-sentimental touch all over it too.
Rated 13 Mar 2012
74
83rd
Filled with brilliance -- the cheap set-like construction of the Chinatown backstory, Phoebe Cates' Santa story, the various cartoonish personality quirks of the gremlins, the bar & movie theatre scenes, etc. If I'd realised how enjoyable this would be, I wouldn't have waited 25 years to rewatch it.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
63
49th
Terribly overrated, but the cartoony mayhem near the end can be mildly entertaining...
Rated 01 Feb 2007
85
82nd
one of my childhood movies
Rated 07 Jan 2018
70
41st
Gremlins is Joe Dante's most recognizable film. It could come off as nothing more than a B monster film. Except for the terrific puppetry effects and overall sense of humor. It works as both a satire and a fun creature feature.
Rated 10 Jul 2012
75
61st
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.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
77
52nd
Good movie that has not held up over time. Still really like it, but it's charm has been dimished by a poor sequal and other knock off films (i.e. Critters). Still worth seeing.
Rated 27 Apr 2009
87
75th
Still holds a strong place in my heart.
Rated 02 Jul 2009
84
79th
Yea! It is scary when you are a kid but it is funny at any age.
Rated 07 Aug 2022
85
90th
I would prefer Gremlins to have leaned more into the "horror" (peak is when the mum goes all slashy slashy on the suckers).; despite the humour, the film sets itself up for being a tad more sinister, but at the end of the day it's still very enjoyable, and I like the frequent crisscrossing between dark and comical. Kate's classic speech of how she came to hate Christmas is effectively bleak and harrowing and doesn't feel out of place amidst the antics.
Rated 26 Apr 2009
60
22nd
Jigglypuff.
Rated 26 Oct 2009
70
53rd
Wacky 80's fun with impressive special effects and set design.
Rated 24 Nov 2008
50
67th
wired
Rated 14 Oct 2008
91
70th
cute
Rated 18 Oct 2007
75
22nd
Cute but forgettable. Wouldn't want to watch it again or own it.
Rated 30 Dec 2011
35
16th
After a while I got pretty bored watching the gremlins cause havoc, especially with the over long bar scene. Momentarily the film still manages to be entertaining in a campy sort of way, and the puppets are kind of neat.
Rated 29 Aug 2012
50
7th
fast-forward to the final part where the crazy music plays, and forget the rest
Rated 21 Oct 2012
45
7th
Scared me to the core as a kid and still have a hard time watching it now.
Rated 14 Jun 2010
90
70th
Classic little bit of 1980's film fare. Very entertaining. I was six when it came out and I remember a rating controversy surrounding it.
Rated 17 Aug 2010
40
14th
It's a cynical moneymaking "what would people pay to watch" creature feature. I like it less every year.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
79
58th
Furbies gone wild. Fun 80's movie.
Rated 17 Feb 2019
75
38th
The film radiates fun, campy, and cute. Most characters are one-dimensional and have little growth or development throughout the story, but the movie has so many enjoyable and comedic moments that it's easy to look past. The editing can be sloppy, and there are moments that seem misplaced or jarring (the "how I learned there's no Santa" scene being the most notable), but there are enough high-energy moments with the Gremlins that it's easy to look past them.
Rated 08 Nov 2016
70
31st
It's a movie that you want to like. Charming 80's fare with lots of pre CGI effects. The problem is what kind of movie is this? Starts off as a family movie, tries to be a comedy, ends up being a horror film...and it fails at all of those things. The character development is lacking, and tonally it's unfocused.Yet, like with a lot of 80's movies it has this endearing campiness that comes out of nowhere, and stops you from completely hating it.
Rated 10 Jun 2009
74
75th
Gizmo must be one of the cutest furry elements in a movie ever. Not much plot here, but kids don't care.
Rated 02 Mar 2010
88
63rd
A classic, no need to say more.
Rated 15 Oct 2008
80
58th
This is a fun movie that is an interesting mix of dark comedy and horror. I loved it as a kid, but it's a bit scary for the very young.
Rated 20 Dec 2013
84
63rd
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.
Rated 06 Sep 2017
59
27th
Uneven with its heavy hand. Gizmo sure is cute, but the pacing is atrocious. See Small Soldiers for the same thing done better by the same director.
Rated 09 Apr 2017
91
51st
This is a clever movie. Yes, it's an effects extravaganza and a popcorn movie, but it also works, should you be looking for a deeper meaning, as a satire on 80s American consumerism. Either way you look at it, it's one of the most enjoyable movies of the entire decade. If you haven't seen it, firstly, have you been living under a rock for the past 30-odd years? And secondly, see it. You can't go wrong.
Rated 29 May 2010
55
56th
I will give it this, the kitchen scene is insane compared to the rest of the movie.
Rated 13 May 2015
92
89th
One of my all-time favorites
Rated 26 Apr 2010
70
63rd
phoebe cates yo
Rated 08 Aug 2012
63
12th
Good action sequence, nice animatronics and puppet work, but one-note stock characters and a pointlessly bizarre story about Santa Claus kept me from liking this.
Rated 13 Jun 2007
80
65th
very fun, a mock horror film
Rated 11 May 2009
4
13th
Wow, some things you loved in your childhood should not be revisited. I completely understand the nostalgic love for a lot of 80s products, but this has aged incredibly poorly.
Rated 17 Dec 2016
43
4th
Everyone in this is sedated because they hardly even react to these amazing and unique creatures. This gives the characters an excuse to act careless, which leads into the chaos the creatures cause -- damn, that's some lazy screenwriting. This horror-comedy is neither scary nor funny. The only plus side is the creature effects are rather good, and Gizmo is a real cutie (as is Phoebe Cates), but a lot of his scenes are actually kinda upsetting, especially the lousy "open for a sequel" ending.
Rated 10 Oct 2023
100
93rd
I love this movie, it's funny.
Rated 08 Mar 2009
1
0th
"E.T. with the lid off."
Rated 15 May 2008
75
48th
Ah the 80s. Wasn't everybody in love with Phoebe Cates?
Rated 27 Jun 2011
85
59th
Gizmo is cute as fuck. Too bad his offspring are murderous assholes.
Rated 11 Jul 2008
70
57th
A charming classic.
Rated 07 Jun 2012
85
64th
Childhood memory
Rated 30 Aug 2007
90
73rd
A classic film. I love everything about it. It's hilarious.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
75
39th
An 80's film style. Goonies like adventure.
Rated 26 Aug 2015
95
63rd
A gadget salesman is looking for a special gift for his son and finds one at a store in Chinatown. The shopkeeper is reluctant to sell him the "mogwai" but sells it to him with the warning to never expose him to bright light, water, or to feed him after midnight. All of this happens and the result is a gang of gremlins that decide to tear up the town on Christmas Eve.
Rated 30 Dec 2023
82
33rd
A bit inconsistent, but overall fun. Seeing it in 2023, out of its historical context and without any childhood nostalgia, it does not offer much. It is a wholesome and fairly unpredictable family movie with cute monsters.
Rated 09 Feb 2008
29
21st
Not my cup of tee.
Rated 01 Apr 2018
42
32nd
Câncer.
Rated 08 Mar 2009
81
28th
A 80's christmas carol. A classic to a young age.
Rated 17 Sep 2008
54
79th
Nuttede monstre, familiefilm

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