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  • Summary: Every year the population of sleepy Lake Victoria explodes from 5,000 to 50,000 for Spring Break, a riot of sun and drunken fun. But this year, there's something more to worry about than hangovers and complaints from local old timers; a new type of terror is about to be cut loose on LakeEvery year the population of sleepy Lake Victoria explodes from 5,000 to 50,000 for Spring Break, a riot of sun and drunken fun. But this year, there's something more to worry about than hangovers and complaints from local old timers; a new type of terror is about to be cut loose on Lake Victoria. After a sudden underwater tremor sets free scores of the prehistoric man-eating fish, an unlikely group of strangers must band together to stop themselves from becoming fish food for the area's new razor-toothed residents. (The Weinstein Company) Expand
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  1. Positive: 8 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. 100
    Hands down and body parts floating, the most irresistibly sick movie in years is Piranha 3D, which should be retitled Piranha 3D, Double-D and C for all the topless cuties director Alexandre Aja feeds the fish and audience.
  2. Roger Corman could only dream of producing a movie this stupefyingly gory and loaded with exposed flesh, making the updated Piranha that most unlikely of remakes-an improvement.
  3. A pitch-perfect, guilty-pleasure serving of late-summer schlock that handily nails the tongue-in-cheek spirit of the Roger Corman original.
  4. The script is ridiculous, the bodies are great and the film skates so long on the line between knowingly bad and bad that by the time the body count hits 100 and the booby count hits 1000, we've lost track of the difference.
  5. Piranha 3D is more funny than disgusting, even when screen fills with half-nude swimmers, bobbing like human dumplings in a roiling vat of borscht. This isn't just sick, it's clas-sick!
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    50
    The 32-year-old carnivorous fish franchise has lost none of its bite, serving up a fresh batch of spring-break revelers for the fearsome creatures to attack.
  7. 25
    The film's centerpiece is a massacre at a wet T-shirt contest, which the horror director Alexandre Aja has a good time staging (yes, Eli Roth, we see you with the water gun). But it feels like an imitation of B-movie beach schlock and John Waters. The visual humor lacks wit or nerve.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 49 out of 81
  2. Negative: 24 out of 81
  1. Aug 26, 2010
    10
    This was a great COMEDY for fans of B-movies and all the terribleness and **** they contain. 2 thumbs up, watch while high if possible. ThisThis was a great COMEDY for fans of B-movies and all the terribleness and **** they contain. 2 thumbs up, watch while high if possible. This was my first time seeing boobies in 3-d, and that alone is worth the price of admission. Expand
  2. Nov 18, 2013
    9
    Somewhere near the end of Piranha 3D, as Ving Rhames was indiscriminately firing shotgun casings into the water and Jerry O’Connell was doingSomewhere near the end of Piranha 3D, as Ving Rhames was indiscriminately firing shotgun casings into the water and Jerry O’Connell was doing tequila shots off an eighty-five percent naked woman, I decided to award this film three stars. This may seem like an unusually high number of stars for a gimmicky b-movie about piranhas attacking drunk college kids in the third dimension, but I happen to find a certain amount of honor in a film delivering exactly upon its promises. Four stars, that would be ludicrous and two stars, that would imply Piranha 3D somehow disappointed. But three stars, that’s the right number for an aggressively pleasurable film involving cocaine, piranhas, inordinate amounts of nudity and Jerry O’Connell. Sheriff Julie Forester (Elisabeth Shue) is a single mother in charge of the waters surrounding Lake Victoria, a seemingly quiet Arizona town annually invaded by throngs of douche bags and whores every Spring Break. Julie puts her seventeen year old son Jake (Steven R. McQueen) in charge of watching his two little siblings so she can skim the waters for, I guess vomit, but this Babysitting Diaries plan goes awry almost immediately. There are three problems. 1) An underwater earthquake has opened up a subterranean portal, releasing swarms of cannibalistic piranhas. 2) Porn producer Jerry O’Connell has enlisted her son as an impromptu location scout for his newest seedy film. 3) Nanny McPhee had a previous engagement, returning, somewhere else. Piranhas, like mastadons, like wildebeests and sometimes like boozed-up college kids on spring break, are ludicrous pack-traveling creatures who seem to lack long-term goals. They exist only in the moment to satisfy the most basic of human or creature desires. This strikes me as a bad strategy for planning one’s retirement but a totally reasonable way to spend a Saturday night. I fear the majority of reviewers will disagree with me, but fu*k them. Movies are about creating a story and telling said story in an entertaining or enlightening way. Never has a movie so overtly claimed to be about something and then been about that exact same something. Here are three facts about Piranha 3D: 1) A piranha tears a woman’s swimsuit top off. 2) Adam Scott rides around in a jet ski pretending to be Rambo. 3) I will likely buy it on sale some time late next year for between $6.99 and $8.99. If any of those hot facts made you roll your eyes, there are four other new releases opening in theaters this week for you to see. Expand
  3. Jan 8, 2013
    8
    Everything in this movie is almost great except that a lot of nudity, porn stars...but if this movie took its self more seriously it would be perfect.
  4. Jan 7, 2013
    6
    there is art to be found in sex and violence. great movies have utilised those primal instincts of men to great effect. piranha is not onethere is art to be found in sex and violence. great movies have utilised those primal instincts of men to great effect. piranha is not one such movie. oh, the sex is there, and, to a lesser extend, violence, but this movie throws in one other factor in the mix that i don't like: gore. this movie is big on gallons of blood and chopped off penisses, and i don't like that, because it's too easy. it's just blood and guts, it requires no talent in filmmaking at all. i'm not entertained by oceans colored red with blood, but if you are, than this is just the movie for you. Expand
  5. Oct 6, 2010
    5
    Didn't watch it in 3d. It was regular and i don't now how much i lost from movie experiance , but generalliy as someone who got a respect forDidn't watch it in 3d. It was regular and i don't now how much i lost from movie experiance , but generalliy as someone who got a respect for Aja i'am quite disappointed. Ok the gore is all there , Aja filming style and 70's sense for humor too , but i expected something more memorable than summer blockbuster hit. The main character is dull , his mother is ok but the rest of the cast ( Except for the Kelly Brook which is obviosly there for the eye candy moments) are quite irritant. There is a certain grindhouse feel in the movie which is also a plus but that's individual impression. CGI Pirahna's dont look so good at all , and their real potential is probably only there when watching in 3d. This is a rolecoaster ride first , and a good horror movie second which is a bad for Director who staretd with Heute Tension , and Hill have eyes remake. This movie is his downhill , that he started with Mirrors , but that doesnt mean audiences wont enjoy it. Fun and cheap. Expand
  6. Jun 24, 2012
    3
    This movie is NOT WORTH IT... You only live once, don't waste your precious time... I get nothing from this, is purely wasting my time... IThis movie is NOT WORTH IT... You only live once, don't waste your precious time... I get nothing from this, is purely wasting my time... I crack my blu ray disc and split it in two and then throw it away... Expand
  7. Aug 27, 2010
    0
    The only horror I experienced was watching kids at the box office buying tickets to Piranha 3D. This movie is a massive mish-mash mess withThe only horror I experienced was watching kids at the box office buying tickets to Piranha 3D. This movie is a massive mish-mash mess with no redeeming social value what-so-ever! Shame on you Elizabeth Shue and Eli Roth for participating! Your body of work reflects much better choices than this. You should take your salaries, buy up all the prints and destroy them! A perfect example of Hollywood deceit think; using the trailers to put a positive spin on a piece of celluloid trash! Expand

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