Jaws Reviews

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Glenn Dunks
Quickflix
November 24, 2014
With no superheroes or post-apocalyptic wastelands in sight, the skill behind Jaws becomes even more thrilling to watch unfold. ... Quite literally, Jaws is the original and the best.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Jason Di Rosso
At the Movies (Australia)
July 18, 2014
It's just such a good film.
Judith Lucy
At the Movies (Australia)
July 18, 2014
I still find this film pretty terrifying.
Alexander Huls
Movie Mezzanine
February 4, 2014
Enjoyment derived from tension and fear, interspersed with brief breathers to allow nerve-relieving chuckles and smiles.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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Pauline Kael
New Yorker
July 29, 2013
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.
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Judith Crist
New York Magazine/Vulture
July 29, 2013
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.
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Charles Champlin
Los Angeles Times
July 29, 2013
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.
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
July 29, 2013
What this movie is about, and where it succeeds best, is the primordial level of fear.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Simon Reynolds
Digital Spy
July 29, 2013
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 | Original Score: 5/5
Alan Jones
Radio Times
July 29, 2013
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 | Original Score: 5/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
July 29, 2013
A near Hitchcockian exercise in transference of guilt and making the audience pay for its illicit pleasures.
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David Denby
New Yorker
July 29, 2013
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.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
July 29, 2013
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.
Jason Gorber
TwitchFilm
December 28, 2012
Jaws remains, decades later, a near perfect film.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Robert Hatch
The Nation
October 9, 2012
Basically, Jaws is an excellent routine movie, the sort normally made on a moderate budget and aimed at the neighborhood houses.
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
August 17, 2012
Spielberg knows exactly how the human mind works, and he uses that knowledge to plumb the elemental fear buried deep within.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 13, 2012
...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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
August 8, 2012
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 | Original Score: 4/4
June 21, 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 | Original Score: 9/10
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
June 21, 2012
Jaws retains its power to enthrall and shock at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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