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Dark Water Reviews

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Joshua Starnes

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.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 5/10

March 18, 2011
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders

...a horror film that suffers from a lack of commitment. Its story and characters are as murky as the water that flows endlessly throughout it.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 10, 2005
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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It's so lacking in heartfelt frights or cheap scares that the few real hair-raising moments, in the finale, don't pay off.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

July 8, 2005

Excruciating and less scary than a clogged up toilet, Dark Water should be allowed to quietly drain.

Full Review Source: CHUD | Original Score: 4/10

July 7, 2005
James Berardinelli
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Dark Water has plenty of creepy moments, but few scares, and it becomes bogged down in setup.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 7, 2005
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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The film's greatest mystery turns out to be: Why, with so much talent, does Dark Water never cross the tipping point?

Full Review Source: Denver Post

July 8, 2005
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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No amount of tastefully desaturated color or imaginary friends going whoo-whoo in the deserted apartment upstairs can save this lumbering echt-thriller from fatal tedium.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

July 7, 2005
James Rocchi

A single mother, a mysterious haunting, urban terror: This well-crafted Japanese horror remake has a too-familiar "Ring" to it.

Full Review Source: Netflix | Original Score: 2/5

July 7, 2005
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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July 14, 2005
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Dark Water is based on one of those low-key Japanese chillers where there are a whole lot of potentially scary things and maybe one thing that actually turns out to be scary.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2/4

July 7, 2005
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine

A moldy, third-generation retread of The Ring.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

July 6, 2005
Eric D. Snider

Japan's chief horror export used to be a giant fire-breathing lizard who smashed cities and destroyed things. Now it's damp girls who crawl around and harass new homeowners.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: C+

July 12, 2005
Todd McCarthy
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[Dark Water] is dripping with clammy, claustrophobic atmosphere, but ultimately reveals itself as just another mildewed, child-centric ghost story of little import or resonance.

Full Review Source: Variety

July 7, 2005
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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A dull and occasionally risible remake of an even duller, more risible Japanese horror flick ...

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1.5/5

July 7, 2005
Kit Bowen

Although the film portends to be a creepy ghost story, you'll more than likely be bored to tears, which, of course, will be lost in all the icky water gushing everywhere.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 1.5/4

July 7, 2005
Rebecca Murray

The only thing scary about Dark Water is the fact the movie never seems to end.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: D+

July 7, 2005
Cole Smithey

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.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: D

April 16, 2009
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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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.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 8, 2005
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

As a scare film, it's a dud.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 2/4

July 8, 2005
Staci Layne Wilson

The tagline says, 'Some mysteries were never meant to be solved.' Unfortunately, the filmmakers solve it for you just a few minutes into the movie.

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July 7, 2005
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
January 15, 2008
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
July 22, 2005
July 8, 2005

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Boston Phoenix
July 16, 2005

AV Club
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Sydney Morning Herald
January 17, 2006

Time Out
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June 24, 2006
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