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Based on 25 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
A straightforward camping-holiday nightmare, or a sly, ironic take on the same. It works deliciously as both.
While we do get a bit of gore, the movie is really about this wacky bunch of people jumping on each other's nerves, kind of a zany hero's journey.
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
A formulaic thriller, treated in a style that's just shy of outright parody.
The strange thing is that for all of Fonda's whining, Pullman's wary squinting and muttering, the bad dialogue, the cheesy effects, the severed toes, the severed heads, the severed bodies and the cliched directorial choices, Lake Placid adds up to a halfway enjoyable time at the movies.
USA Today
Amusingly macabre. [16 July 1999]
It also goes out of its way to give you a schlocky B-movie vibe by wrangling bait in the form of a bunch of Big-Gulp stupid stock characters - that's a whopping 44 oz. more stupid than you probably were bargaining for.
Smoothly enjoyable, undemanding entertainment and features a couple of knock-out giant croc attacks.
Chicago Sun-Times
The movie is pretty bad, all right. But it has a certain charm. It's so completely wrong-headed from beginning to end that it develops a doomed fascination.
Entertainment Weekly
Instead of rooting for Pullman and Fonda, we end up praying that the crocodile is hungry enough to put them out of their misery.
Chicago Tribune
An almost mystifyingly bad movie.
A bunch of IQ-challenged characters traipsing through a laughably bad scenario brought to life using silly dialogue, banal direction, and questionable special effects.

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