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
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.
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 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
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
A classic horror that warms the heart.
Kim Newman - Empire Magazine
[A] B movie classic.
Keith H. Brown - Edinburgh U Film Society