Grabbers

Metascore
62

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
    80
    This cherishable Irish B-picture is one of those rare horror films with an unimprovable premise.
  2. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    Jun 10, 2013
    80
    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
    75
    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
    67
    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
    63
    Good, clean genre entertainment, the sort of harmless yet endearing brand of moviemaking seemingly unattainable in today's Hollywood system.
User Score
5.5

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
    6
    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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