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Jaws Reviews

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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
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
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

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
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
Emma Simmonds
The List

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

Full Review Source: The List | Original Score: 5/5

June 13, 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
Scott G. Mignola
Common Sense Media

Five-star movie could scare the pants off kids.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 5/5

January 2, 2011
Gerardo Orlando

A masterpiece.

Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com | Original Score: 5/5

July 5, 2005
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
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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One of the most effective thrillers ever made.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
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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 Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 4/4

December 12, 2002
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

Forget Saving Private Ryan, and Schindler's List. This is Spielberg's masterwork.

Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs | Original Score: 4/4

February 10, 2012
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
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
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

To be brief and to the point, the GREATEST FILM EVER MADE! Thank you for your time.

Full Review Source: Nolan's Pop Culture Review | Original Score: 4/4

January 7, 2010
Scott Weinberg

Well, it's about this shark...

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 10/10

January 1, 2000
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

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 Source: Matt's Movie Reviews | Original Score: 5/5

July 6, 2010
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
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It's no wonder a generation of holidaymakers still thinks twice before stepping into the water.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 5/5

June 24, 2006
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

One of the absolute masterpieces of populist cinema.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 10/10

January 10, 2012
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