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  • An action-packed creature feature that's fast, terrifying, and benefits greatly from a completely game Kaya Scodelario, Crawl is a fun throw-back with just enough self-awareness to work.
  • Richard BrodyNew Yorker
    For viewers seeking summertime relief from the intellectual burden of superhero movies, there's this accidentally funny and numbingly literal action thriller.
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  • Scott MarksSan Diego Reader
    Though not a patch on Lewis Teague's charming Alligator, a steady dose of more action-thrillers like this may help send comic-book carcinoma into remission.
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  • Barry HertzGlobe and Mail
    Crawl is not exactly an inventive film. But it doesn't have to be. It delivers on what it promises, and not many big-studio movies this year can claim the same.
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  • Michael NordineTheWrap
    It's toothless despite its alligator antagonists, not least because it never bothers linking its premise - a category 5 hurricane in Florida that causes a flood - to the existential threat hastening such extreme weather events in the first place.
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  • Keith PhippsSlate
    Crawl would look pretty good in just about any season. In this one it positively glows.
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  • David FearRolling Stone
    Like the apex predators slithering at the center of it all, it gets the job done once it lets is more brutal, primal instincts take over.
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  • Kevin L. LeeFilm Inquiry
    It's the quintessential man vs. nature thriller condensed into a tight 87 minutes, and I ate it all up. Sometimes simple is all you need to make a fun movie.
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  • Frank SwietekOne Guy's Opinion
    An efficiently-made but progressively more absurd genre exercise, even at less than ninety minutes it wears out its welcome well before the predictable close.
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  • Matt BrunsonCreative Loafing
    The promise of a pared-down thriller serving as a summertime blessing worked three years ago when Blake Lively stood firm against a menacing shark in The Shallows, but the idea goes belly-up with Crawl.
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  • Norman WilnerNOW Toronto
    Recommended to anyone who's been itching to squirm in the dark for an hour and a half. The air conditioning is an extra bonus.
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