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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Relentless, terrifying alligator movie with lots of gore.

Movie R 2019 87 minutes
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age 14+

Based on 10 parent reviews

age 12+


Crawl should be pg-13 not to much swearing but lots of blood and gore
age 14+

in shock that I actually liked this movie

It's rated R so I was pretty reluctant to allow my daughter to watch it, but she enjoys 47 Meters type of flick so we were curious about the Alligator version. The main character is a good person, she's not too strong a personality and yet acts with common sense and has true grit. The movie gave us the jumps and scares. There are a few words I rather she not here, but guess what? She gets to hear it in all the PG13 Marvel movies. It ends well, cheap thrill ride for 1 1/2 hours. We have a lot of time since we are stuck at home for over a month.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (10 ):
Kids say (43 ):

Insidiously simple, compact, and clever, this killer alligator movie, complete with slowly rising floodwaters, is relentless and absolutely terrifying. It's a career best for director Alexandre Aja. Crawl may have little to say about the world -- except perhaps a hint of the dangers of climate change -- but what it does do, it does exceptionally well. Screenwriter brothers Michael and Shawn Rasmussen spend just a little time establishing Haley's swimming skills, her tattered relationship with her father, and the scope of the storm before letting go with wallop after wallop. Their basic idea of the claustrophobic crawlspace married with the attacking monsters is the stuff of classic thrillers, and the storytelling pace is positively brilliant. Gimmicks like a slowly submerging radio and a hand-cranked flashlight add immeasurably to the scenario.

Aja, whose fun remake of Piranha was a high point in a pretty uneven career so far, ought to stick to movies about water-based predators. His work here is so fluid that it's almost elegant. He even manages to avoid dumb jump scares -- the first alligator appearance on-screen is a masterful moment -- and uses the compact space with lucid clarity. He expertly ramps up the tightly coiled tension, revealing one surprise and shock and solution after another; even the rest breaks aren't entirely restful. Those alligators could be lurking anywhere, just below the surface of the rising water. In the end, Crawl feels like a white-knuckle roller coaster ride, and while viewers may leave smiling, they may also feel totally wiped out.

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