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Bait (2012)



Average Rating: 4.6/10
Reviews Counted: 32
Fresh: 15
Rotten: 17

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

No Top Critics Tomatometer score yet...

Average Rating: N/A
Reviews Counted: 3
Fresh: 1
Rotten: 2


Average Rating: 2.6/5
User Ratings: 1,723



Movie Info

When a monstrous freak tsunami hits a sleepy beach community, a group of survivors from different walks of life find themselves trapped inside a submerged grocery store. As they try to escape to safety, they soon discover that there is a predator among them more deadly than the threat of drowning-vicious great white sharks lurking in the water, starved hungry for fresh meat. As the bloodthirsty sharks begin to pick the survivors off one by one, the group realizes that they must work together to … More

R (for bloody violence, some grisly images and language)
Action & Adventure , Horror , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
In Theaters:
Sep 18, 2012
Anchor Bay Entertainment - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Bait

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (3) | Fresh (15) | Rotten (17) | DVD (2)

[It] has many flaws, the foremost among these is the inability to indicate whether we're supposed to consider the savage behavior brought on by its crises as ambiguous or unassailably good.

Full Review… | September 17, 2012
Village Voice
Top Critic

This likable trash occasionally outsmarts more moneyed Hollywood fish features.

Full Review… | September 17, 2012
Top Critic

Rendall and screenwriters Russell Mulcahy and John Kim forget that in between bursts of tart, blood-drenched mayhem, there's a saggy, dumb chamber drama that's completely bland and under-seasoned.

Full Review… | September 13, 2012
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

More funny than scary, it often feels like Deep Blue Sea meets The Mist... but what's wrong with that?

Full Review… | May 2, 2013
Total Film

Bait is fairly exciting, ingenious, well designed, and is perhaps a clever advertisement for online grocery shopping.

Full Review… | April 21, 2013
Observer [UK]

Jaws it ain't.

Full Review… | April 19, 2013
This is London

It is all very silly, and more Corman than Spielberg, but entertaining.

Full Review… | April 18, 2013

You've seen this movie without even seeing it.

Full Review… | April 18, 2013
Little White Lies

Enormous fun, thanks to pacey direction, strong performances, a number of nicely handled gory bits and a script that pays close attention to the demands of the shark attack genre movie.

Full Review… | April 18, 2013

Carp all you like at how subtext, plausibility and sense have been sacrificed to this film's high concept, but all the stereoscopic slaughter is irresistibly appealing.

Full Review… | November 15, 2012
Sight and Sound

It's not spectacular, but it is good enough to see on the big screen.

Full Review… | November 1, 2012

It's non-stop bloody fun from start to finish and one that you certainly should invite some friends over to dig on with you... again and again.

Full Review… | October 2, 2012 atheism will be cemented if this earns its money back.

Full Review… | September 27, 2012
The Aristocrat

Had director Kimbell Rendall, his 6 screenwriters, and the studio brass focused on creating a good film rather than selling a glossy product, then humiliation would have been avoided.

Full Review… | September 26, 2012
Matt's Movie Reviews

Bait takes itself way too seriously and there are only a handful of witty one-liners. It leaves us with a flat thriller starring a bunch of characters we couldn't care less about.

Full Review… | September 22, 2012
ABC Radio Brisbane

Sounds like loads of fun - and it should have been.

Full Review… | September 21, 2012

To say Bait features flawed logic is an understatement, but what can you expect when a shark floats down the produce section of your local grocer?

Full Review… | September 21, 2012
We Got This Covered

Think this is absolutely a genre film for a specific audience and I think it will deliver to that audience.

Full Review… | September 20, 2012
At the Movies (Australia)

Would it have been so hard to find really interesting characters, characters to involve the audience and make us care as to whether or not they'll wind up as fish food?

Full Review… | September 20, 2012
At the Movies (Australia)

Bait 3D needs to put aside the forced poignancy and attain full great bad movie status. Or at least let the sharks eat more characters.

Full Review… | September 20, 2012

Much of Bait is frankly awful, though not unenjoyably so.

Full Review… | September 20, 2012
The Age (Australia)

The film is a throwback to the heyday of the Australian exploitation movie.

Full Review… | September 20, 2012
Sydney Morning Herald

Calling Bait 3D a crap film would be a compliment.

Full Review… | September 20, 2012
The Vine

Audience Reviews for Bait


As far as shark film goes, Bait is nothing new or refreshing, and it presents a clichéd, predictable formula. The film is mediocre, but somewhat entertaining. However don't expect anything good here as this film is basically pretty cheesy, and relies on a poor cast of actors. The idea seemed really good, and it's a shame that the film has some potential, but the filmmakers can't seem to craft a good horror yarn. The film has some poorly written dialogue that is cringe worthy and instead of being something totally new and exciting, it simply relies on genre predictability to create its tension, thus you become less interested in the film, The blood effects are good, but the shark effects lack and look absolutely fake. You can tell that this is a low-budget affair, and maybe the concept may have looked good on paper, but on film the result is less impressive. This had some good ideas going for it, but due to a lacking script, and poor cast, it fails to be memorable. Bait is a disappointing creature feature that is void of genuine tension and effective thrills. Instead, it dumb down everything and there is really no pay off in the end for this flick that could have been so much more if the cast would have been better and in the end this is lazy, unimpressive filmmaking that is among the most disappointing horror features this year. As a whole, this is a forgettable flick that isn't worth your time, or unless you're having a bad movie night with friends, check it out. Otherwise pass up on this.

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer


A supermarket hold-up is interrupted by a tidal wave which submerges the store. Throw a great white shark into the mix and this should be a winning formula. The film takes itself far too seriously for such an outrageous premise and the awful CG effects fall well short of the film-maker's lofty ambitions. Released in 3D in Australia but straight to video in most markets, it's a slightly more professional alternative to a SyFy original.

The Movie Waffler

Super Reviewer


Jeez, I hadn't seen something this bad in a while... and can't quite remember which twat of my friends recomended me this to hurt him somehow as payback :D

These characters are beyond belief. Wow, what a bunch of... I dunno what to call them really. Their interactions and personal dramas are so awful and with such bloody bad dialogues, I can't quite conceive any real motivations going on.

The CGI is atrocious but at least it's gory enough to be mildly entertaining.

The whole concept even on itself is so far-fatched, I honestly believed at first that this could be a goofy comedy (which would've worked much much better). A tsunami hits a coastal city in Australia, those morons get stuck on a shopping mall and white sharks get in there to hunt them (I guess). As these things go, conflicts among such exotic cast of characters occurr, but you can witness more bitch slapness on a kindergarten than here. Then, one moron does some moronic thing to get picked of, one at a time, then it ends. Yep.

Francisco  G.
Francisco Godinho

Super Reviewer

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