Dead Calm Reviews

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Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm
March 24, 2014
A remarkable breakout for Nicole Kidman, who gives this feminist thriller everything it deserves, and more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Variety Staff
Variety
October 18, 2008
Though not always entirely credible, Dead Calm is a nail-biting suspense pic [from the novel by Charles Williams] handsomely produced and inventively directed.
Clint Morris
Mediasharx
March 3, 2006
One of the best thrillers of our time....it'll leave your gasping for air
| Original Score: 4/5
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Nigel Floyd
Time Out
January 26, 2006
A classic piece of pared-down genre film-making is lent extra depth by an emotional subtext stressing Kidman's transition from dependent wife to resourceful individual.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
December 5, 2005
Fun, scary and suspensful from start to finish.
| Original Score: 5/5
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 8, 2005
One of the better yuppies-in-jeopardy thrillers of the late '80s and early '90s.
| Original Score: 4/5
Willie Waffle
WaffleMovies.com
April 3, 2004
Great thriller with two excellent actors!
| Original Score: 4/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 30, 2003
Edgy cinematography keeps the tension coming like waves.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Caryn James
New York Times
May 20, 2003
"Dead Calm" ... becomes disturbing for all the wrong reasons.
Brian Mckay
eFilmCritic.com
March 21, 2003
A gripping three-character film that plays out like Hitchcock on the High Seas.
| Original Score: 4/5
Shannon J. Harvey
Sunday Times (Australia)
February 4, 2003
Chilling, claustrophobic tale of menace on a dead calm ocean.
| Original Score: 5/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 25, 2002
A crisp and commanding little thriller.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
For much of the movie, you're enthralled. By the end, you're laughing. This is not good.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
[Noyce is] a masterful manipulator, but eventually there is no more wind in these sails, not even enough to riffle a jib, as the story and Rae's character wear thin.
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
An interesting failure that promises more than it delivers.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
This is not a gimmick film ... and Kidman and Zane do generate real, palpable hatred in their scenes together.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
February 25, 2007
| Original Score: 3/5
Susan Granger
www.susangranger.com
September 4, 2006
| Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 4, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
February 5, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
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