Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15

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  1. Reviewed by: Ray Sawhill
    Mimic is undoubtedly the best mutant-cockroach horror thriller ever made. Even granting that there hasn't been much competition, this is intended as a high compliment.
  2. 88
    But Mimic is superior to most of its cousins, and has been stylishly directed by Guillermo Del Toro, whose visual sense adds a certain texture that makes everything scarier and more effective.
  3. A stylish B horror movie about giant insects in the catacombs of Manhattan, it's by turns queasy, gross, terrifying, and -- never underestimate this one -- enthusiastically dumb. It's everything you want in a big-bug thriller.
  4. In Mimic, director Guillermo Del Toro has created a dark, grotesque world that's hard to look at, and impossible to stop looking at.
  5. 70
    Even the melodramatic score can't ruin the essentially serious tenor of this old-style non-self-referential horror story, whose characterizations are unassailable--stereotypical shtick you buy because the performers are working so hard and their faces are so skillfully lit.
  6. 63
    In fact, the title of this motion picture is quite apt -- Mimic does an excellent job of imitating not only Aliens, but several other science fiction and horror features, including such odd choices as Leviathan and The Thing. The derivative result is, as one might expect, moderately entertaining, but far from groundbreaking in its approach or execution.
  7. Ghoulish interest is a prerequisite for watching Mira Sorvino (as a bold and athletic entomologist) act against performers who have mandibles, or for appreciating the care with which nymph, juvenile and adult insect villains have been devised.
  8. Creepy, beautifully designed horror yarn about mutant roaches that delivers both artfully eerie atmosphere and some boffo shocks.
  9. 50
    For all its Del Toro touches (Goodwin as a young autistic boy kidnapped by the bugs), Mimic is a surprisingly hollow thriller.
  10. Del Toro, expanding on a short story by Donald A. Wolheim, isn't able to invest his version of a familiar horror convention with either the supple wit or deep humanity he brought to "Cronos."
  11. The adventure is well-acted by Mira Sorvino and Giancarlo Giannini, among others, and imaginatively directed by Guillermo Del Toro, who gives a new twist to old science-fiction effects.
  12. 50
    The latter half, set in the less visited parts of New York's subway system, bogs down considerably, abandoning its hybrid approach and becoming content to simply clone Aliens.
  13. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Del Toro clearly knows his way around the camera, but the shadowy eeriness that saturates the early going slowly becomes monotonous and winds up being just dull, and even partially obscures the action in the long underground finale.
  14. Mimic is static, highhanded, and confused, wasting most of its 105-minute running time simply spelling out the premise.
  15. If there is a reason anyone would voluntarily agree to make this movie it probably dwells somewhere in a realm only accessible to the thinking of ambitious actors.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 113 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Sep 13, 2015
    A slice of B-rated sci-fi-horror that ultimately isn't tense, interesting, or gross enough to really be worth watching. A shame given del ToroA slice of B-rated sci-fi-horror that ultimately isn't tense, interesting, or gross enough to really be worth watching. A shame given del Toro directed it and the interesting monster design. There's a cheesy core here that isn't tapped into and the plot ends up just being boring.

    It clearly borrows from Aliens. Stand off scenes, various scenarios, and the lead heroine herself (Mira Sorvino all call back to that classic movie. Only instead of Xenomorphs we get giant bugs that really aren't scary. When things finally get going it all takes place in an abandoned part of the subway. It lacks the atmosphere of James Cameron's masterpiece.

    "Mimic" experiments with a lot of things. It tries to gross and creep us out, but ultimately never succeeds due to bad direction. A splash more of gore here, some slime there, and darker lighting all around could have helped things out. The writing is so bland that the story falls short of being anything more than dull.

    It's a movie that experiments with a handful of great ideas and fails to capitalize on any of them. Perhaps the biggest disappointment is that fails to deliver on what it's title and premise imply. There isn't any mimicry actually going on here. There's a bit thrown in which is so miniscule it actually feels like an afterthought. Like those behind the film realized at the last minute " Oh hey, we forgot these things are supposed to mimic humans. Let's throw this in last minute and hope nobody notices."

    Perhaps hardcore sc-fi enthusiasts will find something here. There is a mildly entertaining nature to it. However the horror element is almost non-existent and even the most devoted enthusiasts will likely be disappointed with how it ultimately fails to deliver on just about every one of it's promises. A shocking dud from del Toro and solid choice for skipping over.
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  2. Oct 5, 2012
    This is a movie that the kids absolutely wanted to see and I thought, since it was directed by Guillermo del Toro, that it might be okay evenThis is a movie that the kids absolutely wanted to see and I thought, since it was directed by Guillermo del Toro, that it might be okay even though it was on SyFy who doesn Full Review »
  3. Mar 25, 2012
    del Toro manages to create moments of tension and horror, but when the movie finishes, you will be left wondering which parts you had not seen before.