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Grabbers (15)

Comedy, Sci-Fi, Thriller

When an island off the coast of Ireland is invaded by bloodsucking aliens, the heroes discover that getting drunk is the only way to survive.

The critical consensus

Grabbers looks decent enough, and the final sequences featuring the CGI creature are well handled, but Wright doesn’t take the time to create any real tension, which means that the comedy relief doesn’t have a chance of raising laughs.

**(*)(*)(*)Eddie Harrison, The List, 21/12/2012

A bit hit and miss, but Richard Coyle leads a game cast.

***(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 23/12/2012

Kevin Lehane’s script serves up some droll lines to go with the bibulous atmosphere, and the playing, by Ruth Bradley in particular, raises the spirits in every sense.

***(*)(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 27/12/2012

Shaun of the Dead lurks at the back of this likable and technically impressive Ireland-set comedy-horror.

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 27/12/2012

A tribute to a tribute, this second-hand riff on knowing genre fare such as Tremors and Shaun of the Dead isn’t funny or inventive enough to transcend its central premise.

**(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 27/12/2012

A near-irresistible Friday-night-out monster picture in the tradition of Lake Placid or Tremors, with a boozy Irish charm that makes it a distinctive addition to the catalogue of alien invasions.

****(*)Kim Newman, Empire Online, 26/12/2012

Spectacular, tentacular, craic-filled fun, forgotten by morning.

Anton Bitel, Little White Lies, 25/12/2012

Low-budget, knockabout Anglo-Irish horror comedy.

Philip French, The Observer, 30/12/2012

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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