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Tremors Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    65

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 40

    out of 100

    The New York Times Vincent Canby

    Tremors wants to be funny, but it spends too much time winking at the audience. More than anything else, it looks like the sort of movie that might have been put together so that tourists visiting Universal Studios could see a movie being made.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    Variety

    An affectionate send-up of schlocky 1950s monster pics, but with better special effects, Tremors has a few clever twists but ultimately can’t decide what it wants to be – flat-out funny, which it’s not, or a scarefest.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times Michael Wilmington

    It's a zippy melodrama for small-town America and small-towners at heart: well-executed kitsch for audiences that will still be amused at the notion that the bugs are getting so big, they'll drag us all down.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    Horror/comedies often tread too far to one side or the other of that fine line; Tremors walks it like a tightrope.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Susan Wloszczyna

    The special effects are scream-worthy, the gore is minimal and the humor has a folksy zing to it. [19 Jan 1990, p.1D]

  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Dave Kehr

    While liberally dosing the action with humor, Underwood is able to preserve an undertone of genuine menace and substantial suspense. His shooting style is clean and classical, distinguished by camera movements that emphasize the line of the action without becoming conspicuous in themselves.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 12 & under

Modest monster flick is great fun for teens.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that, for the standards of science-fiction action, this is a rousing, well-made monster flick that's high on fun and excitement but low on terror and gore; there's some salty language, yes, and the monsters are dispatched in fairly spectacular, splattery fashion, but there's not a lot of blood, and the human victims of the creatures are dispatched in bloodless fashion. There's a lot of firearms action in the film - courtesy two "survivalist" characters -- but it's all unleashed against huge, scary worm-monsters who clearly have it coming.

  • Families can talk about the appeal of monster films, as well as the tradition of the B-movie -- low-budget, low-starpower films that nonetheless become cult classics. They can also talk about the communitarian message of Tremors, and how the town of Perfection comes together to survive.

The good stuff
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    Messages: Perhaps the best thing here is the depiction of how a group of disparate individuals comes together to survive an attack by carnivorous underground monsters; the attack also lets our heroes show that they're reliable, responsible people who can come through in a tough spot.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Bloodless (for the most part) violence is perpetrated against human beings by monsters; gory violence is perpetrated against monsters by human beings. Bombs, bullets, and blunt force are used against creatures; human beings are bitten by tentacles, tugged underground, mangled, etc. A dehydrated dead body is seen. Very mild blood.

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    Sex: Light flirting; a climactic kiss.

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    Language: Mild strong language, including "hell," "goddammit," "Jesus Christ," "pisses," "s--t," "bastard," "ass," "a--holes," and one non-sexual use of "f--k."

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    Consumerism: Some brands are seen -- Marlboro, Virginia Slims, Mountain Dew, Pepsi, Caterpillar heavy equipment. Firearms are named by brand.

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters drink beer.

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