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Dark Water (2005)

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46

Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 152
Fresh: 70 | Rotten: 82

All the atmospherics in Dark Water can't make up for the lack of genuine scares.

44

Average Rating: 5.3/10
Critic Reviews: 39
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 22

All the atmospherics in Dark Water can't make up for the lack of genuine scares.

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Movie Info

Directed by Walter Salles Jr., this remake of Hideo Nakata's supernatural psychological drama Honogurai Mizuno Soko Kara revolves around the plight of a single mother (Jennifer Connelly) whose messy divorce and subsequent battle for the custody of her five-year-old daughter is taking a heavy toll on her emotional well-being. Ultimately, the mother and daughter are able to relocate to an apartment, which, despite its excessively dilapidated interior, seems to be an adequate location for beginning

PG-13,

Mystery & Suspense, Horror

Rafael Yglesias

Dec 26, 2005

$25.4M

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All Critics (160) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (70) | Rotten (82) | DVD (24)

It fails to deliver the narrative thrill twists its origins would promise.

July 12, 2005 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Like so many recent thrillers of this ilk, many of them in some way exploiting the 'innocence' of childhood -- the dumb and unpleasant Hide and Seek springs to mind -- Dark Water falls apart in the wind-down.

July 8, 2005 Full Review Source: Salon.com
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A tasteful but unremitting bummer and yet one more case of an Oscar-winning actress proving that she can still do the kinds of disposable movies big awards are supposedly meant to banish from your résume forever.

July 8, 2005 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Dark Water has more substance and a more interesting look than many horror films, but the familiar elements of the story disappoint.

July 8, 2005 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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Working from a premise that's not only thin but transparent, Salles struggles mightily to generate tension in any other way possible.

July 8, 2005 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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This is an eerie, relentlessly grim, invasive little movie -- a tone poem of despair that seeps into you like the damp.

July 8, 2005 Full Review Source: Slate
Slate
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The supporting characters, in fact, are the most enjoyable part of the film, often more enjoyable than Connelly or Gade, each taking great advantage of their scenes to create real people in a short space of time.

March 18, 2011 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

Evolves from a supernatural mystery to a truly sad tragedy...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Esteemed Brazilian director Walter Salles ("The Motorcycle Diaries") falls flat on his face on his first Hollywood outing with a horror movie that will bore you to tears.

April 16, 2009 Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com
ColeSmithey.com

Unfortunately, the supernatural element is underplayed to the extent that the story almost became nothing more than a domestic drama.

July 10, 2008 Full Review Source: ESplatter
ESplatter

This murky urban ghost story about a possible haunted hi rise of horrors, basically lets the all-natural creepiness already native to its NYC landscape just do its deadly thing, likely intensified by 9/11's architectural carnage.

May 24, 2007 Full Review
Long Island Press

A moody, quirky movie that, although flawed, is worth a walk to the theatre in a gentle rain.

February 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

The gore-free Dark Water tries hard to establish a creepy atmosphere, but instead winds up being slow moving with not much happening.

February 14, 2006
SA Movie & DVD Magazine

A mature film about the courage it takes to survive in a mortal world that's dependent on temporary relationships.

January 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Equal parts quiet, creepy, tragic, and visually gorgeous, Dark Water might be one of the best movies of 2005 that nobody went to see.

December 27, 2005 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com
DVDTalk.com

I found Dark Water slow and gloomy, with a lengthy buildup to a less-than-satisfying conclusion.

December 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Un filme bien hecho, mucho mejor actuado y que, a pesar de ser innecesario, logra firmemente su cometido.

November 24, 2005 | Comment (1)

A top drawer cast working with a bottom drawer screenplay confirms my distaste for Japanese 'girl, long black hair and water' horror movies.

October 16, 2005 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

The movie isn't so much scary as it is unsettling, but the script lets viewers off the hook with a climax that's both incoherent and preposterous.

August 29, 2005 Full Review
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)

Se você valoriza a construção consistente de um clima de melancolia e tensão, dificilmente se decepcionará.

August 12, 2005 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

[E]xecuted just about as well as it possibly could be ... 'Dark Water' sinks under the weight of its rampant and ... laughable predictability.

August 2, 2005 Full Review Source: MTV

A watered-down version of the Japanese original, Salles's remake is still an enjoyable, atmospheric horror flick, with strong performances from its cast.

July 31, 2005 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

...nicely atmospheric, but the atmosphere isn't quite enough to sustain interest in the absence of fright.

July 30, 2005

As far as American remakes of Japanese horror flicks go, this one's better than either The Ring or The Grudge.

July 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

Interesting and unsettling, but never terrifying.

July 22, 2005 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

[Connelly] does superior work creating a woman struggling to be a good mother while feeling like she's falling to pieces.

July 20, 2005 Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

Audience Reviews for Dark Water

two stars
May 23, 2013
YodaMasterJedi
MisterYoda ?

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Psychological thriller starring Jennifer Connolly. After a nasty divorce and custody battle of her daughter, mother and daughter move to an old apartment which is haunted by a little girl.
May 5, 2013
thmtsang
Candy Rose

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DARK WATER is a bit formulaic, but it's a great, intense, complex horror/thriller cross (something we clearly see a lot of nowadays) with a mutual connection to THE RING as well as just enough scares to leave you satisfied by the end of the picture.
August 12, 2011
spielberg00

Super Reviewer

DUN DUN, DUN DUN, DUN DUN.... the end.
September 18, 2010
Albert Kim

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