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Critters Attack!

By Alistair Lawrence, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Horror-comedy reboot has violence, gore, and some language.

Movie R 2019 89 minutes
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Although it existed firmly in the shadow of the Gremlins movies during its initial run in the 1980s and '90s, the Critters franchise has retained a cult audience. This TV movie reboot, Critters Attack!, is the fifth film of franchise, and follows a spin-off TV series. It's a slight but savvy addition that makes absolutely no effort to take itself seriously and is all the better for it. Washington leads on the front foot as the smart, proactive Drea, whipping through a script that is light on characterisation and detail but manages a steady supply of goofy set pieces and bloody, comedy deaths.

A couple of brief call backs to the earlier films are supplied by a cameo from Dee Wallace as Aunt Dee, who appeared in the original 1986 Critters as lead Helen Brown. Thankfully, these aren't just "fan service" cameos, rather they help the film get to its final destination. Which is ... an inevitable, blood-spattered showdown with a sniggering race of carnivorous, rampaging monsters. So while it's impossible to recommend Critters Attack! as required viewing, it does provide a low budget horror-comedy that's probably fine with you viewing it as nothing more than a disposable but diverting 90 minutes.

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