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.
| Original Score: 2/5
Enjoyment derived from tension and fear, interspersed with brief breathers to allow nerve-relieving chuckles and smiles.
| Original Score: A+
Basically, Jaws is an excellent routine movie, the sort normally made on a moderate budget and aimed at the neighborhood houses.
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.
| Original Score: 9/10
You think of the excess that followed in Jaws' wake and realise how well judged that first blockbuster is.
The aquatic terror is deftly balanced with lively, likeable characterisations.
| Original Score: 5/5
It remains an influence on the modern blockbuster, and is one of its best examples.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
Five-star movie could scare the pants off kids.
Jaws retains its power to enthrall and shock at the same time.
One of the most effective thrillers ever made.
| Original Score: 4/4
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.
Forget Saving Private Ryan, and Schindler's List. This is Spielberg's masterwork.
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.
Spielberg knows exactly how the human mind works, and he uses that knowledge to plumb the elemental fear buried deep within.
To be brief and to the point, the GREATEST FILM EVER MADE! Thank you for your time.
Well, it's about this shark...
| Original Score: 10/10
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.
It's no wonder a generation of holidaymakers still thinks twice before stepping into the water.
One of the absolute masterpieces of populist cinema.