Below Reviews

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Jim Judy
Screen It!
October 18, 2002
Too derivative for its own good (or that of the viewer) and simply not scary, suspenseful or intriguing enough in its design or execution.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/10
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
October 18, 2002
Twohy's overwrought, comic-book theatrics work against him, as does the hokey script.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
October 18, 2002
The reason Below gets beneath your skin is that the scriptwriters know what most current horror filmmakers never learned: Fear is an emotion, not a visceral response.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 18, 2002
Below has ambitions to be better than average, but doesn't pull itself together and insist on realizing them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Janice Page
Boston Globe
October 18, 2002
With more character development this might have been an eerie thriller; with better payoffs, it could have been a thinking man's monster movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
October 18, 2002
Twohy's a good yarn-spinner, and ultimately the story compels.
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
October 18, 2002
...begins with promise, but runs aground after being snared in its own tangled plot.
William Arnold
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
October 18, 2002
By any measure, this is a bewilderingly incompetent piece of storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
October 18, 2002
Claustrophobics beware - there's not room on board this sub for an exhausted crew, a woman, and a ghost.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
October 18, 2002
Combine the paranoid claustrophobia of a submarine movie with the unsettling spookiness of the supernatural -- why didn't Hollywood think of this sooner?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
October 17, 2002
Exciting and direct, with ghost imagery that shows just enough to keep us on our toes.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Tony Toscano
Talking Pictures (U.S.)
October 17, 2002
..."Below" is just a slightly above average thriller...
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Gary Dowell
Dallas Morning News
October 17, 2002
Becomes swamped early on and spends the rest of its running time dragging itself to Davy Jones' Locker, and us along with it.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Erik Childress
eFilmCritic.com
October 17, 2002
After the intriguing and rather exciting first act, the film ends up becoming a fourth-rate mystery instead of delivering the tension already inherent in any logline of this story.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 17, 2002
This is an exercise in chilling style, and Twohy films the sub, inside and out, with an eye on preserving a sense of mystery.
| Original Score: 3/5
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
October 17, 2002
Already packed with all the claustrophobic wartime tension a good sub thriller needs, Below squeezes in something more -- a bone-chilling element of the supernatural.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
October 17, 2002
Distances you by throwing out so many red herrings, so many false scares, that the genuine ones barely register.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
October 17, 2002
Twohy pulls all the strings to create an inventive genre piece.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Pete Croatto
Filmcritic.com
October 15, 2002
The movie desperately needs something to get over the predictability factor, but there's not much to rely on.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ethan Alter
Film Journal International
October 15, 2002
Below feels like the first chapter of a potentially classic horror novel that the author left unfinished.
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