• Critters (1986)


Release Date: April 11th, 1986

DVD Release Date: August 5th, 2003

PG-13 |1 hr 24 min

Plot Summary

When strange fuzzy creatures from outer space arrive on a farm, the Brown family -- Jay (Billy Green Bush), Helen (Dee Wallace-Stone), their daughter, April (Nadine Van Der Velde), and their son, Brad (Scott Grimes) -- must fend off the malevolent little aliens. Two bounty hunters with superhuman abilities follow the aggressive beasts from beyond, but the warriors aren't terribly effective, leaving the Brown family to battle the fur balls and rescue April from their clutches all by themselves.

Cast: Dee Wallace, M. Emmet Walsh, Terrence Mann, Billy Green Bush, Scott Grimes, Nadine Van der Velde, Billy Zane, Don Opper

Director: Stephen Herek

Genres: Science fiction

Keywords: Amusing, Mother, Father, House, 1980s, Pursuit, Escape, Family, Son, Survival, Daughter

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Rick KoganChicago Tribune

    For its many lighter moments, Critters is careful to balance its laughs with a number of chills. It unabashedly and wittily pays homage to other films. But ultimately it stands firmly on its own, a little bit frightening and a lot of fun. [15 Apr 1986, p.3C]

  • 75
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    What makes Critters more than a ripoff are its humor and its sense of style. This is a movie made by people who must have had fun making it. show more

  • 50
    Bill CosfordMiami Herald

    The idea, apparently, was to combine elements of E.T., Gremlins and run-of-the-mill slasher films, while keeping the whole thing palatable for pre-teens. Only Steven Spielberg has been able to make this combination work, and even he has had trouble with it; director Stephen Herek, who also worked on the Critters script, is the wrong Steve. [30 Apr 1986, p.C7]

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