Jaws Reviews

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Charles Champlin
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic
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.

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+
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.

Brian Henry Martin
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
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.

Emma Simmonds
The List
June 13, 2012

The aquatic terror is deftly balanced with lively, likeable characterisations.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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
Scott G. Mignola
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011

Five-star movie could scare the pants off kids.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Gerardo Orlando
July 5, 2005

A masterpiece.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
January 1, 2000

One of the most effective thrillers ever made.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
James Berardinelli
Top Critic
December 12, 2002

When it comes to this kind of thriller, no movie has been able to top Jaws, although many have tried. And, as the years go by, it seems increasingly unlikely that anything will come close.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
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
Mike Scott
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
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
Scott Weinberg
January 1, 2000

Well, it's about this shark...

Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
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
Jason Di Rosso
At the Movies (Australia)
July 18, 2014

It's just such a good film.

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