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horror, thrillers

In Lake Havasu, Arizona, a tremor causes the lake's floor to open, setting free scores of prehistoric piranhas.

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Rotten: What is disturbing is the talent and distinction of much of the cast, whose mere presence seems to signify an element of smart, self-conscious fun that the movie does not really supply.

- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Monday, August 23, 2010

Rotten: Tries] so hard for the laughs and the allusions amid all the gore, and endless bloodbath of bare naked ladies, that it completely forgets to frighten anyone.

- Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Thursday, August 19, 2010

Fresh: Mere words cannot describe how awesomely gnarly Piranha 3D is, how hugely entertaining, and how urgently you must get yourself to the theatre to see it. Like, now.

- Christy Lemire, Associated Press, Thursday, August 19, 2010

Audience Reviews

2 stars

This movie basically only sells the tits, asses and fugly fish with sharp teeth.

- citawijaya, Friday, October 29, 2010

2 stars

As you would expect this is very silly and full of tits n ass lol! the story doesn't really make much sense and is of course pretty much the same as the original in most ways with allot of familiar ideas and a whole load of help from the original 'Jaws' film, but we all know that. Characters are set up to be eaten later on, most of them are of course sexy young girls and hunky guys, the usual spring break concept that happens allot when boogiemen and killer creatures are around hehe and the same kind of death sequences you would expect. Its very unoriginal, very predictable right down to the ending which actually isn't but its still quite good fun seeing all the gore which is really well done, nastiest being a girls face being ripped off when her hair gets caught in a boat propeller. The film looks really sharp and vibrant in colour and I'm guessing the 3D aspect would have been good to be honest with lots of snappy moments. Cast is cool with a retro feel thanks to Lloyd, Shue and a small Dreyfuss cameo while the new blood are there for pretty piranha food only. CGI is OK, the piranha look quite good but its all very comicbook really, you've seen it all before lets be honest, fans only.

- phubbs1, Tuesday, October 19, 2010

4 stars

"The piranha hunt in packs. The first bite draws blood, blood draws the pack." After a sudden underwater tremor sets free scores of the prehistoric man-eating fish, an unlikely group of strangers must band together to stop themselves from becoming fish food for the area's new razor-toothed residents. REVIEW Middling yet satisfying horror comedy that echoes its '80s forebearers "Piranha" & '70s classics like "Jaws" - a picturesque lake community hosting Spring Break faces its biggest challenge when an underwater tremor unearths a school of prehistoric, ravenous man-eating piranhas and its up to unlikely yet plucky sheriff (Elisabeth Shue!) to take on the lethal task in stopping the onslaught. This killing fish frenzy chiller delivers the goods for its visceral effects (and the 3-D effects are pretty decent too) when the carnage finally begins (kudos to make-up wizards Gregory Nicotero & Howard Berger; visual effects by Derek Wentworth and the truly frightening creature designs by Neville Page arguably make up for the rote screenplay by Peter Goldfinger & Josh Stolbert) which are enlivened by the fast and furious pacing by director Alexandre Aja giving the gore and giggles (oh yeah and lots of T&A; thank you!) in full measure with a game cast including O'Donnell as a jerk-off "Girls Gone Wild" sleazy video producer; Lloyd channeling his Dr. Emmett Brown as the town's marine biologist and a tongue-thru-cheek with fishing hook-in-it opening sequence with a very funny cameo by Dreyfuss lampooning his Matt Hooper character from Jaws.

- mrpopcorn, Friday, October 8, 2010