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Open Water Reviews

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David Foucher
EDGE Boston

I was rooting for the sharks.

Full Review Source: EDGE Boston | Original Score: C-

July 21, 2004
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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Clearly, this one will divide viewers, but the vote here is that Open Water is an unpleasant experience.

August 5, 2004
Nick Schager
Filmcritic.com

more teasing than terrifying, failing to achieve the nerve-wracking suspense that his concept (and the movie's buzz) suggests

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

July 23, 2004
Brian Orndorf
FilmJerk.com

Full Review Source: FilmJerk.com | Original Score: D

August 16, 2004
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 14, 2007
Brent Simon
Entertainment Today

An undercooked minimalist film exercise. The end result: you're stranded in Open Water, bereft of hope or care for the movie's characters.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Today | Original Score: C-

August 9, 2004
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Open Water is not the terror masterpiece that many are claiming it to be.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5

August 5, 2004
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf

Open Water muddies a compelling subject matter via shoddy and incompetent filmmaking. A shallow and frustrating exercise in treading water.

Full Review Source: Movie Boeuf | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 30, 2004
Dennis Lim
Village Voice
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Simply a stunt -- hopelessly literal-minded and cheap in every sense.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

August 3, 2004
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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This minimalist thriller evokes some deep and primal fears, but it is ultimately too under-dramatized to provoke anything more intense than squirming discomfort.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

August 5, 2004
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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As the clock ticks on, the sharks thresh and the dialogue continues to stagnate, you might just catch yourself wickedly thinking: Come on sharks, let's do this.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

August 6, 2004
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

A fantastic gimmick - too bad nobody ever bothered to develop it into an actual, like, movie.

August 5, 2004
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus

Plays like the opening scene from Jaws, only stretched out to feature length and not half as scary.

Full Review Source: Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus | Original Score: C-

August 5, 2004

Un exercice minimaliste satisfaisant, mais vite oublié.

| Original Score: C+

February 25, 2005
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com

They float, encounter sharks, float, encounter jellyfish, float, encounter more sharks...zzzzzz. With...tension-inducing music, this film could have been a real nail-biter.

Full Review Source: tonymedley.com | Original Score: 3/10

September 19, 2004
Lance Goldenberg
Weekly Planet (Tampa, FL)

...Daniel and Susan just float around bitching at each other, so the movie frequently seems like a production of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf in scuba gear.

Full Review Source: Weekly Planet (Tampa, FL) | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 30, 2004
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly

...why is this fraud of a flick finding an audience?

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 2, 2004
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

Suffice to say this is so unengaging that you will find yourself rooting for the sharks and the jellyfish.

Full Review Source: Worcester Telegram & Gazette | Original Score: 1/5

August 23, 2004
Randy Shulman
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)

Open Water is a bore, despite the divers' encounters with sharks, jellyfish and cute little cleaner fish, which have an annoying tendency of nibbling you to death.

Full Review Source: Metro Weekly (Washington, DC) | Original Score: 2/5

August 15, 2004
Joshua Tanzer
Offoffoff

There are a hundred ways Open Water could have been a better movie, but ultimately you're not likely to forget it.

Full Review Source: Offoffoff | Original Score: 2/4

August 5, 2004
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
August 4, 2004
Ronnie Scheib
Variety
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October 18, 2008
Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine
November 20, 2004

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August 5, 2004

Boston Phoenix
August 7, 2004

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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August 20, 2004

Time Out
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June 24, 2006
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