This adventure has no depth.
A.H. Weiler - New York Times
Jack Arnold has a flair for this sort of thing, and if there really is anything frightening about a man dressed up in a rubber suit with zippers where the gills ought to be, Arnold comes close to finding it.
Dave Kehr - Chicago Reader
What distinguished Jack Arnold's pictures from mutant spinoffs/knockoffs is even more imperative to sci-fi today than it was in 1954: wonderment.
Steve MacFarlane - Slant Magazine
The beats of the film are like overused sandpaper, too worn down and tattered to have more than a passing effect.
Rob Humanick - Suite101.com
Like Silly Putty, Super 8 is silly fun. It stretches, snaps, and bounces. It's as elastic as pubescent imagination.
Tony Macklin - tonymacklin.net
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Imbued with great atmosphere by director Jack Arnold, the film is genuinely frightening, but also elicits a certain amount of pathos for the creature.
- TV Guide's Movie Guide
The underwater sequences were excellently shot by Havens, and the make-up for the half man, half fish was a masterful creation by Bud Westmore and Jack Keven.
The routine story is mightily improved by Arnold's sure sense of atmospheric locations and by the often sympathetic portrait of the monster.
Geoff Andrew - Time Out
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Stefan Birgir Stefansson - sbs.is
Jon Niccum - Lawrence Journal-World
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
As directed by Jack Arnold, the film suffers from silly stretches of dialogue and wooden acting, but the underwater footage is still beautiful, and Adams radiates a strong, sexy screen presence.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Rebecca Murray - About.com
Creepy underwater horror flick. Ahead of its time.
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
Incluindo um curioso subtexto ecologico, o filme envelheceu bem: pode ate nao assustar como na epoca de seu lancamento, mas continua interessante.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Great monster suit. Not much of a movie
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
One of the best of the 1950's creature features. (By a long shot.)
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
Tremendous chilling fun, whether in 3-D or no. And Julia Adams is still hot in that swimsuit.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
Its solitary aim was to exploit the viewer's fear of the unknown.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
John A. Nesbit - Old School Reviews
This is still a decent movie and a good example of the monster movie genre.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
A classic horror that warms the heart.
Kim Newman - Empire Magazine
[A] B movie classic.
Keith H. Brown - Edinburgh U Film Society
The technical material is so good, in fact, that if you might actually like the movie... if you can ignore everything else.
James Brundage - Filmcritic.com
Matt Easterbrook - Matt's Movie Reviews