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Jaws Reviews

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Alexander Huls
Movie Mezzanine

Enjoyment derived from tension and fear, interspersed with brief breathers to allow nerve-relieving chuckles and smiles.

Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine | Original Score: A+

February 4, 2014
Pauline Kael
New Yorker
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It may be the most cheerfully perverse scare movie ever made. Even while you're convulsed with laughter you're still apprehensive, because the editing rhythms are very tricky, and the shock images loom up huge, right on top of you.

July 29, 2013
Judith Crist
New York Magazine
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The result is a fast-paced, straight-line thriller that moves without pause toward the climactic contest at sea between three men and a 25-foot, 3-ton great while killer shark.

July 29, 2013
Charles Champlin
Los Angeles Times
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It is a coarse-grained and exploitive work which depends on excess for its impact. Ashore it is a bore, awkwardly staged and lumpily written.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

July 29, 2013
Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
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What this movie is about, and where it succeeds best, is the primordial level of fear.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

July 29, 2013
Simon Reynolds
Digital Spy

Quite simply, Jaws is a masterclass in blockbuster entertainment -- a tense, exciting thriller that redefined contemporary cinema. They don't make them like this anymore.

Full Review Source: Digital Spy | Original Score: 5/5

July 29, 2013
Alan Jones
Radio Times

John Williams's Oscar-winning music and the excellent performances of Roy Scheider and Richard Dreyfuss add to the ingeniously mounted tension that cleverly plays on all our deepest primeval fears.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 5/5

July 29, 2013
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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A near Hitchcockian exercise in transference of guilt and making the audience pay for its illicit pleasures.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

July 29, 2013
David Denby
New Yorker
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Spielberg may be the man who created the new Hollywood, but in his first megahit he summed up what was best in the old -- the humor, the perversity, and the storytelling integrity of Alfred Hitchcock.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

July 29, 2013
Vincent Canby
New York Times
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Mr. Spielberg has so effectively spaced out the shocks that by the time we reach the spectacular final confrontation between the three men and the great white shark, we totally accept the makebelieve on its own foolishly entertaining terms.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 29, 2013
Jason Gorber

Jaws remains, decades later, a near perfect film.

Full Review Source: Twitch | Original Score: A+

December 28, 2012
Robert Hatch
The Nation

Basically, Jaws is an excellent routine movie, the sort normally made on a moderate budget and aimed at the neighborhood houses.

Full Review Source: The Nation

October 9, 2012
Mike Scott

Spielberg knows exactly how the human mind works, and he uses that knowledge to plumb the elemental fear buried deep within.

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 5/5

August 17, 2012
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...the movie's justifiably legendary opening [paves] the way for an engrossing first act that's heightened by both Scheider's magnetic performance and the inclusion of several unbearably tense interludes.

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 13, 2012
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

Spielberg fashioned an instant classic whose success owes as much to his superb orchestration as to the substantial jolts and knockout performances by Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw and Richard Dreyfuss.

Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Original Score: 4/4

August 8, 2012

Before we see anything, our ears are chilled by composer John Williams' menacing two note soundtrack which then builds into that unforgettable frenzy as the unseen shark savages its first victim.

Full Review Source: UTV | Original Score: 9/10

June 21, 2012
Graham Young
Birmingham Post

Jaws retains its power to enthrall and shock at the same time.

Full Review Source: Birmingham Post | Original Score: 5/5

June 21, 2012
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray

You think of the excess that followed in Jaws' wake and realise how well judged that first blockbuster is.

Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray

June 19, 2012
Shaun Munro
What Culture

It remains an influence on the modern blockbuster, and is one of its best examples.

Full Review Source: What Culture | Original Score: 4.5/5

June 14, 2012
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian [UK]

This is a suspense classic that leaves teeth-marks.

Full Review Source: Guardian [UK] | Original Score: 5/5

June 14, 2012
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