Jaws Reviews

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Kenneth Robinson
The Spectator
June 5, 2002
To be fair to this film, and I can't see why I should be, it is an improvement on Peter Benchley's book.
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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.
Jon Winkler
The Young Folks
June 20, 2015
Jaws knew how to keep audiences invested. While getting to know the human characters and seeing what makes them relatable, the audience salivates for another monster scene.
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Joseph Gelmis
Newsday
June 12, 2015
Director Steven Spielberg has immeasurably improved the bestselling Peter Benchley potboiler novel.
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Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News
May 29, 2015
Spielberg had paced the film beautifully so that one is always on edge, tensed for those scary moments that turn out to be false alarms, and left somehow totally unprepared for the real shocks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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.
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
Bullz-Eye.com
July 5, 2005
A masterpiece.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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+
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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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
One of the most effective thrillers ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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