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  • Summary: Deep in the Brazilian Rainforest, a river barge makes its way up the Amazon. Aboard is a documentary film crew with a dream assignment: to track down the legendary Shirishama Indians-- the people of the Mist! But during a violent storm, the crew rescues a mysterious stranger, Paul Sarone (Voight), whose boat has stalled on the river. Sarone professes a vast knowledge of the Shirishama and volunteers to lead the filmmakers directly to the elusive tribe. But the manipulative Sarone is actually a poacher in pursuit of his own mad dream: a lethal 40-foot anaconda, the largest and most vicious killer snake in the world! (Sony Pictures) Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 20
  2. Negative: 9 out of 20
  1. 88
    A slick, scary, funny Creature Feature, beautifully photographed and splendidly acted in high adventure style.
  2. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    An enjoyably cast, superbly shot, jolt-generating device...It isn't art, but it'll crush your bones.
  3. Directed by Luis Llosa with all of the subtlety of a snake-oil salesman, is in the great tradition of cinematic cheese, as processed as Kraft Singles slices. [18 Apr 1997, p. 48]
  4. Jon Voight, the all-purpose villain, does a pretty good job of imitating Marlon Brando imitating a Paraguayan snake expert, but the rest of the players--including Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, Eric Stoltz, Owen Wilson, Vincent Castellanos, Jonathan Hyde, and Kari Wuhrer--seem to be in a hurry to pick up their checks.
  5. 30
    Quite unintentionally, director Luis Llosa and screenwriters Hans Bauer, Jim Cash and Jack Epps Jr. have crafted a howler; Anaconda, meant to be a nail-biting thriller, is a laugh-out-loud comedy.
  6. 30
    Mr. Whipple squeezing his Charmin is scarier than this phony baloney computer effects-driven anaconda.
  7. If only director Luis Llosa and his cast could see the joke and seize upon it; instead, like its computer-morphed snake, the film doesn't have a clever bone in its body.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 16
  2. Negative: 5 out of 16
  1. KD
    Dec 13, 2005
    I dont know why critics dogged this movie so bad. i didnt see anything wrong with it. it was fast paced funny and thrilling. everything u could ask for. Expand
  2. Sep 2, 2012
    Anaconda is a typical thriller movie except with some big snakes eating people. The reason why i enjoyed the film was because the movie got rid of their stupid characters by a big snake squeezing them to death which i felt amusing. Expand
  3. Jul 5, 2013
    Hey it wasnt that bad.I like how the deaths are,I admit that it goe a bit saintish at points but it is good fun to watch. Go ahead and watch it. It is snot and needto be picked. Expand
  4. Nov 14, 2010
    The special effects were terrible, well for 90% of the film. I started off OK and until half way through it was a decent watch, but the film caved in on its own complications. They went too far and over the top towards the end to the point where you were almost certain the snake/jon voight was going to somehow survive the attacks that would certainly have killed them had the film been sem-realistic. Jon Voight was regurgitated and a snake survived being blown up. I'll give this a 4 down to some good performances from Lopez and Voight and a good start.
    - Had it not been for the deterioration near the end this would get a 7.
  5. Jul 22, 2012
    The film is horrible but it does not belong to the worst. The plot is ordinary and boring, the scenes are very predictable, the characters are very confusing and the overall presentation of the movie is below par. But there are good events that makes the movie worthy of 4 points. Expand
  6. Mar 4, 2013
    I didn't like this movie for four reasons. It was corny, some of the acting was bad, it was so fake, and at times it was kind of boring. Ice Cube was the main problem with the acting. You didn't believe a word of what he said or did. Expand
  7. PatrickB.
    Jun 11, 2006
    Horrible plot, bad editing, cheesy effects, and even bad acting by A-list stars. One of the worst movies I've seen in a long time.

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