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By Randy White, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Comic horror classic is still scary; some profanity.

Movie PG 1984 106 minutes
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age 10+

Based on 55 parent reviews

age 14+
My 10 year old (who's favorites movies are Jurassic Park and Godzilla) was scared. He made us turn it off after leaving the room several times. I'm pretty happy we did, because now I realize there is a scene about Santa that could have caused a lot of disappointment for our son had we watched it.
age 7+


Although I was an 80s child, I still had never seen Gremlins. We watched it as a family with 4 kids ages 6-15. As soon as it ended, my 6-year-old groaned "I wish we could start this whole day over again and NOT watch this movie!!" All but 1 of us felt the same way: we want that 2 hours of our lives back-- waste of time! If you want a creep holiday movie, choose Nightmare Before Christmas, 10 times over!!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (55 ):
Kids say (162 ):

This hit from the 1984 has lost none of its ability to frighten and entertain. Both a dark comedy and a cultural commentary, Gremlins adds up to much more than a monster flick. Although they grow meaner, the Gremlins possess a sick sense of humor that establishes the twisted comic tone. Visually, the movie is also filled with fun touches, like a "Have a Safe and Happy Holiday" sign shown while a science teacher is rather indelicately butchered.

The special effects are also convincing if not original: Gizmo looks a bit like an Ewok from Star Wars, and the Gremlin pods seem lifted directly from Alien. Gremlins even attempts a message by exploring the evils of mid-'80s corporate culture: human acquisitiveness and the drive to conquer and control nature. In the end, the old Chinese man who sold Billy's dad the Mogwai returns to sum it up: "You do with Mogwai what your society has done with all of nature's gifts. You are not ready."

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