The Deep End Reviews

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Brian Orndorf
November 12, 2001
| Original Score: 0/10
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
August 21, 2001
Somehow The Deep End feels slightly... off.
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Christopher Null
June 27, 2001
The gimmick that might have worked on serialized radio in the 1930's but not on the big screen today
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Blackwelder
August 14, 2001
If it weren't for the recurring common sense loopholes...there would be little to distract from the chilling tingle The Deep End emits.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
April 9, 2002
...insofar as creating any kind of realism or credibility is concerned...the movie goes quickly off the deep end.
| Original Score: 6/10
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Wesley Morris
San Francisco Chronicle
August 15, 2001
Its self-awareness is never less than jarring -- trash too high-minded to come out and indulge itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chuck Rudolph
Matinee Magazine
August 1, 2001
A mercilessly incompetent thriller that's easily as soulless (and brainless) as Tomb Raider or Planet of the Apes or Jurassic Park III.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
September 11, 2001
One of the noblest failures that I've had the mixed pleasure of seeing this year.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Tom Grealis
RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
February 13, 2003
Its overall attempts at re-igniting the unsettling ambience of old-fashioned film noir are let down by a potholed plot and poor characterisation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 6, 2002
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Rod Armstrong
August 8, 2001
Despite a couple of interesting twists and an excellent lead performance, their potentially interesting story is eventually undermined by too many holes and inconsistencies.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
August 8, 2001
Taken out of that very specific social context and updated for contemporary audiences, the retrograde story runs into problems. Margaret's character is still written as if there were still a war on and single motherhood was brand new...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Greg Muskewitz
August 20, 2001
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Top Critic
August 20, 2001
Has a cool, glassy appeal -- but then, so does a fish tank.
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
August 27, 2001
Not to say that The Deep End is a bad film, exactly, rather it's a forgettable one that is remarkable only for its almost complete lack of distinction.
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
September 20, 2001
Real conflict in a serious drama need not involve cash.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Michael Dequina
October 11, 2001
The quiet force of Swinton's performance cannot bridge the ever-increasing disconnect between the film and the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Susan E. Brown
October 31, 2001
[Swinton's] is a character with little modulation, despite the many twists and turns of plot in this would-be Hitchcockian thriller.
Ben Falk
November 19, 2001
A rather dull movie, weighed down by its pretensions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Todd McCarthy
May 20, 2008
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
August 31, 2001
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 10, 2001
George Gallucci
February 25, 2004
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
September 10, 2002
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
August 17, 2002
Jimmy O
Film Snobs
June 10, 2002
Mark Freeman
Critical Eye
January 24, 2004
David Poland
Hot Button
January 7, 2003
Alexander Walker
This is London
May 10, 2002
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
November 10, 2002
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Ebert & Roeper
August 9, 2001

January 6, 2002
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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