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  Gremlins Review
Tookey's Rating
7 /10
Average Rating
6.77 /10
Zach Gilligan, Hoyt Axton, Phoebe Cates
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Directed by: Joe Dante
Written by: Chris Columbus

Released: 1984
Origin: US
Length: 111

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The movie never comes together, but Dante is a genuine eccentric talent with a flair for malice, and it’s certainly clear why Spielberg, whose production company made the film, believes in him — there are some crack sequences. At one point the lewd hipster dragons take over the town movie theatre, where Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is playing; they pad up and down the aisles, eating, laughing, tearing up the place. And when the Seven Dwarfs on the screen start to sing “Heigh-Ho,” they join in the singing. In their enthusiasm, they spin around on the projectors, and rip the screen to shreds. It’s a delirious, kitschy travesty - a kiddy matinee in Hell.
(Pauline Kael, New Yorker)
Though sloppily plotted and stickily whimsical in parts, Gremlins is kept afloat by its splendid special effects and set pieces.
(Anne Billson, Time Out)

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