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Open Water Reviews

Ronnie Scheib
Variety
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March 26, 2009

Time Out
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June 24, 2006
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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There are no Hollywood heroes in these waters, only two regular people ... plus you and me, huddling in the dark.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 4/5

August 20, 2004
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Sharks are nature's most efficient killing machines. Open Water, which co-stars sharks, is the summer cinema's most efficient scaring machine.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

August 20, 2004
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Considered in its ham-handed entirety, Open Water feels more of an exercise in cinematic sadism.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 20, 2004

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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August 20, 2004
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Terrifying precisely because it doesn't go in for cheesy shock tactics and special effects.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

August 15, 2004
Paul Clinton (CNN.com)
CNN.com
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The unforgiving power of nature are all on display to amazing, and frightening, effect.

Full Review Source: CNN.com

August 13, 2004
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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Becomes a slow and steady descent into pure fear.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A

August 11, 2004
David Edelstein
Slate
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I'm sorry, but that's entertainment?

Full Review Source: Slate

August 9, 2004
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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We, the audience, shuffle out of the theater, feeling drained and punished.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

August 7, 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
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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A taut, riveting, uncommonly well-made film.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

August 6, 2004
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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It's a very pure, basic kind of terror, nail-bitingly fun to watch; made more so by the startling realism of the sharks.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

August 6, 2004
Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
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The nagging desire to help these people underscores the involvement of the audience in this superbly told story. You can almost taste the saltwater, and the fear.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 4/4

August 6, 2004
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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It should make you think hard about assuming only a big, effects-driven adventure can really give you your money's worth.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger

August 6, 2004
Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
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Kentis keeps it simple and direct, and the effect is devastating.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 6, 2004
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
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A low-budget indie film whose tension and realism are augmented by unknown actors who fully inhabit their roles.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: B+

August 6, 2004
Tom Long
Detroit News
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If you want to be consumed by special effects, go to any of the many formulaic thrillers in theaters these days. If you want to feel the real chill of fear, go for a swim.

| Original Score: B

August 6, 2004
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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It's ridiculously cheap and terrifying at the same time.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 6, 2004
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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The real achievement here belongs to a director who understands that economy (in storytelling as well as in budget) can work in his favor.

| Original Score: B+

August 6, 2004
Michael Booth
Denver Post
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I'm here to tell you that Jaws is nothing. Jaws is now merely Flipper: Episode 127.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 6, 2004
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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Although the movie was produced with few frills, Kentis keeps you watching. He adds to the tension gradually, and by the end, you're gripping the arms of your seat, wondering whether this pair will be rescued before, um, lunchtime.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 6, 2004
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
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What differentiates Open Water from similar stories recounted endlessly on cable television's Shark Weeks is its scrupulous avoidance of anything remotely contrived.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 3/4

August 6, 2004
Megan Lehmann
New York Post
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Wrings every possible drop of tension out of a simple premise and a micro budget.

| Original Score: 3/4

August 6, 2004
Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
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It's a scything fin in the pit of your stomach, a gathering shark storm beneath the surface of the life you take for granted.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

August 6, 2004
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Seen in a movie theater, preferably in the company of some shriek-prone friends, Open Water is nasty, discomfiting fun.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2.5/4

August 6, 2004
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Rarely, but sometimes, a movie can have an actual physical effect on you. It gets under your defenses and sidesteps the 'it's only a movie' reflex and creates a visceral feeling that might as well be real.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 6, 2004
Mike Clark
USA Today
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A tiny movie about ocean fears that will flush that overrated The Blair Witch Project 20,000 leagues under the sea.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

August 5, 2004
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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An expertly made suspense thriller based on an actual incident, but on a visceral level it's about as much fun as watching someone pull the wings off a butterfly.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 5, 2004
Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
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It's just two people, some sharks and a whole lot of ocean. Doesn't sound like much, but it proves more than enough to provide a taut, lonesome chill.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B+

August 5, 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
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Open Water is so deeply terrifying, so primal in its depiction of man at the mercy of nature, that watching it shakes you to the core.

| Original Score: 4/4

August 5, 2004
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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You can feel the water, stretching against an unsheltering sky, seep into your bones.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

August 5, 2004
Jan Stuart
Newsday
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A gut-clutching plunge into primal-fear territory that is no less unsettling for having been made on a flipper and a prayer.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3.5/4

August 5, 2004
Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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It's just them, the water and us -- at least until the sharks show up. By the time they do, we're feeling almost as apprehensive as Susan and Daniel are.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

August 5, 2004
Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
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Just one tedious scene stretched out to feature length.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

August 5, 2004
Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune
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A taut, 79-minute fright fest peppered with enough payoffs and glossed with a mournful philosophic overlay.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

August 5, 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
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
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Despite its flaws, I welcome Open Water with great enthusiasm, because it offers genuine scares and chills without the self-aware, packaged feel of many horror/thriller films.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

August 3, 2004
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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... a compact little gem that proves that low-low-budget films don't have to be always about couples squabbling in small rooms.

Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper

August 2, 2004
Rex Reed
New York Observer
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One of the most galvanizing and unforgettable films of the year.

Full Review Source: New York Observer

July 29, 2004
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