(1997)

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Based on 20 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
88
Chicago Sun-Times
A slick, scary, funny Creature Feature, beautifully photographed and splendidly acted in high adventure style.
75
USA Today
An enjoyably cast, superbly shot, jolt-generating device...It isn't art, but it'll crush your bones.
75
Christian Science Monitor
Coil up with a tub of popcorn, get a stranglehold on your soda - this is a creepy, action-packed boat ride down a jungle river with lots of huge snakes dropping by for man-sized snacks.
50
Voight's performance -- one of the film's pure, trashy delights -- is all leer, sneer and macho swagger, while the rest of the actors feel like the disposable snake-fodder they are.
50
Variety
A silly and plodding "Jaws" rip-off about a 40-foot man-eating snake on the prowl in the Brazilian rain forest.
40
Feels like "Alien" as directed by Jim Henson. And the suspense is restricted to mundane slasher-movie tactics, including the frequent use of a mobile camera (call it the ’condacam) that’s supposed to represent the snake’s point of view.
40
Chicago Reader
Jon Voight, the all-purpose villain, does a pretty good job of imitating Marlon Brando imitating a Paraguayan snake expert, but the rest of the players--including Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube, Eric Stoltz, Owen Wilson, Vincent Castellanos, Jonathan Hyde, and Kari Wuhrer--seem to be in a hurry to pick up their checks.
25
So desperate and silly that here and there, it's a lot of fun.
20
Charmless, unfrightening, and even devoid of the requisite gratuitous nudity, Anaconda just plain bites.
0
If only director Luis Llosa and his cast could see the joke and seize upon it; instead, like its computer-morphed snake, the film doesn't have a clever bone in its body.

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