(1997)

Critic Reviews

37

Metascore

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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.
67
Entertainment Weekly
Directed by Luis Llosa with all of the subtlety of a snake-oil salesman, is in the great tradition of cinematic cheese, as processed as Kraft Singles slices. [18 Apr 1997, p. 48]
50
ReelViews
The biggest flaw can be summed up in a short phrase: lack of excitement. Thrillers are supposed to be crammed with thrills (hence the name), but Anaconda is relatively barren of them.
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.
40
Empire
The movie provides a fair number of laughs, even if you can't help wondering how many of them were actually intentional.
38
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
In what is surely a tribute to the dazzling mediocrity of director Luis Llosa, the real jungle looks as bland as the fake jungle.
25
So desperate and silly that here and there, it's a lot of fun.
20
This film marks for Jon Voigt a concerted effort to unseat Christopher Walken in the competition for the Czarship of sneering, wheezing, Machiavellian, all-around weird guys. He spends much of his time standing around making a face like Beavis does when he's really freaked out.
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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