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By Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

Low-budget '80s horror-comedy has violence, cursing.

Movie PG-13 1986 86 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 10+

very much like Gremlins

the story was really nice it wasn't too violent that didn't have any big bloody scenes and my 9 year old loved it.

This title has:

Great messages
age 11+

Low budget, low movie

PG-13: creature violence and scary images.

This title has:

Too much violence

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3):
Kids say (6):

This '80s movie serves up violence, high tension, scariness, comedy, and family values, a mix that is pretty hokey and full of predictable "surprises." Critters achieves its hokey-ness in the quest to imitate the likes of such hits as Gremlins and E.T. We've all seen those suspenseful movie moments when a character who thinks the danger has passed breathes a sigh of relief in spite of the fact that menace is poised around the corner. That sort of plotting is the main course here. Since horror movie lovers are not usually averse to a certain amount of cliche, "hokey" and "predictable" could be viewed as high recommendation. Nevertheless, this is still an unashamed Gremlins clone, complete with the nice-family-under-siege narrative and comedy-horror mix, budgeted at around $9 million less.

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