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Jaws Reviews

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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
Ed Whitfield
The Ooh Tray
June 19, 2012
You think of the excess that followed in Jaws' wake and realise how well judged that first blockbuster is.
Shaun Munro
What Culture
June 14, 2012
It remains an influence on the modern blockbuster, and is one of its best examples.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
June 14, 2012
This is a suspense classic that leaves teeth-marks.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jamie Graham
Total Film
June 13, 2012
Jaws is a perfect blend of set-pieces and story, its formula so hard to capture it's now near-mythical - filmmakers have been chasing it like Ahab chasing Moby Dick ever since.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Emma Simmonds
The List
June 13, 2012
The aquatic terror is deftly balanced with lively, likeable characterisations.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
February 10, 2012
Forget Saving Private Ryan, and Schindler's List. This is Spielberg's masterwork.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
January 10, 2012
One of the absolute masterpieces of populist cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Scott G. Mignola
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Five-star movie could scare the pants off kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
July 6, 2010
Spielberg has directed a film which contains many unforgettable and suspenseful moments. That Jaws was only his second feature film says something about the talent and ingenuity the man possessed even at such an early stage in his career.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
January 7, 2010
To be brief and to the point, the GREATEST FILM EVER MADE! Thank you for your time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
August 20, 2009
Simply put, Jaws turned the tide of American cinema: irrevocably, and not for the better.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
May 12, 2009
In the end, the shark is a MacGuffin necessary for the men to bond and test themselves against what they fear most--their own mortality.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Top Critic

TIME Magazine
October 16, 2008
Spielberg works self-effacingly, with subtly correct camera placement and meticulous editing. He twists our guts with false alarms, giving us the real thing with heart-stopping suddenness.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
September 24, 2007
A looming, terrifying catch of the day.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4

Film4
September 24, 2007
A classic. Tense, engrossing, scary and, subsequently, endlessly influential.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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