Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    Jun 10, 2013
    This cherishable Irish B-picture is one of those rare horror films with an unimprovable premise.
  2. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    Jun 10, 2013
    A near-irresistible Friday-night-out monster picture in the tradition of Lake Placid or Tremors, with a boozy Irish charm that makes it a distinctive addition to the catalogue of alien invasions.
  3. Reviewed by: Jessica Kiang
    Jul 18, 2013
    There are occasional laugh-out-loud moments, for sure, and the winningness of the leads makes the inevitable climactic clinch actually rather affecting, but Grabbers could have been so much more than the derivative me-too it turns out to be.
  4. 75
    There is absolutely nothing new in this variation on the time-honored creature-feature tropes. But the fun just builds and builds as our heroes and our Irish island come to a solution that seems — on the surface — awfully Irish in its logic.
  5. Reviewed by: Sam Adams
    Jul 17, 2013
    Once the battle is joined in earnest, what began as sharp-edged parody starts to feel more like a cheap imitation, even if it’s still shot through with a few priceless zingers. The tough thing about genre hybrids is that they have to fulfill both genres, and Grabbers only nails one of them.
  6. Reviewed by: Drew Hunt
    Jul 16, 2013
    Good, clean genre entertainment, the sort of harmless yet endearing brand of moviemaking seemingly unattainable in today's Hollywood system.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 6 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Dec 26, 2013
    Sometimes people go into movies expecting too much. In the case of the Irish film Grabbers, I get the sense that this was a reality given theSometimes people go into movies expecting too much. In the case of the Irish film Grabbers, I get the sense that this was a reality given the wide array of review scores you can find online. I will preface this review by simply stating that, indeed, this is not a perfect film; nor is it exactly getting in line to win some prestigious award. And from what I can gather, that was not the intention. At it's core, this is a fun film. In the early portions, it moves at the sleek pace of a psychological thriller as the "grabbers" (err...tentacled aliens) descend on the Earth and start to threaten a virtually unknown and ignored island with a small group of people inhabiting it. These early portions are fairly gripping in and of themselves. Chalk that up to some great acting. I was excited to check this out primarily to see Richard Coyle, who I've enjoyed for quite some time since binge watching the adult oriented British sitcom Coupling. Grabbers showcases a wider range of acting ability for this actor. Surprisingly there is some real tension, and the entire cast does a good job of holding their own and creating a sometimes tense, sometimes comical film.

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