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Sharkwater (2007)



Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 39
Fresh: 31 | Rotten: 8

In addition to its breathtaking underwater photography, Sharkwater has a convincing, impassioned argument of how the plight of sharks affects everyone.


Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 4

In addition to its breathtaking underwater photography, Sharkwater has a convincing, impassioned argument of how the plight of sharks affects everyone.



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For filmmaker Rob Stewart, exploring sharks began as an underwater adventure. What it turned into was a beautiful and dangerous life journey into the balance of life on earth. Driven by passion fed from a lifelong fascination with sharks, Stewart debunks historical stereotypes and media depictions of sharks as bloodthirsty, man-eating monsters and reveals the reality of sharks as pillars in the evolution of the seas. Filmed in visually stunning, high definition video, "Sharkwater" takes you into

Apr 8, 2008

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All Critics (42) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (31) | Rotten (8) | DVD (5)

Faintly egotistical biologist-turned-filmmaker Rob Stewart spent four years making this investigative doc and the result, despite his tendency towards over-earnest, stoner-esque commentary, is enlightening, shocking and more than a little worrying.

February 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Sharkwater delivers an important message, and its underwater photography is breathtaking. But Stewart lessens the impact by focusing much too much on himself. Did he really have to go into detail about his own health problems?

November 3, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Post | Comment (1)
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Undersea photographer Rob Stewart, who directed, wrote, narrated, stars in, and helped shoot Sharkwater, really, really loves sharks. He also fears for their future on the planet. His lively documentary makes you see why, on both counts.

November 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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This beautiful and horrifying debut feature by the underwater cameraman Rob Stewart of Toronto characterizes the depletion of the world's shark population as an ecological catastrophe with dire consequences for humanity.

November 2, 2007
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Sharkwater probably ranks as one of the most frightening shark movies ever -- but sharks are the victims.

November 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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Undeniably captivating.

November 1, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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It's hard not to admire a man with such admiration for the obscure, but Grizzly Man did it much better.

September 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Film and Felt
Film and Felt

If the film sometimes gets choppy, the filmmaker's passion for the subject and the disturbing revelations to be gained from watching the film make it more than worthwhile.

July 30, 2009 Full Review Source: GreenCine

It's Jaws - starring man as a far scarier predator.

May 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia
Empire Magazine Australasia

It's a film you come away from feeling that you should get out there on the streets and start marching for sharks.

May 15, 2008 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

Here's a documentary with teeth and a bite that should leave a nasty scar on the conscience of the illegal fishermen who continue to brutally plunder sharks for their fins %u2013 and those ignorant fools who consume shark fins

May 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

With its stunning photography this would be a righteous and magnificent documentary were it not for the on-camera presence of film-maker Rob Stewart, marine biology's answer to Tom Cruise.

February 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Guardian

Planet Earth saturation and the bludgeoning political stance pull it down, but it's still a consistently engaging, partly thrilling look at a misunderstood species.

February 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Stewart's 'personal journey' format isn't entirely successful, and verges on the egotistical, but the message of this film, and the imagery and statistics it tells it with, is angry, credible and worthwhile.

February 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

Stewart's point is that the shark fin industry, in its short-sighted quest for financial gain, may trigger an ecological disaster beyond the extinction of the sharks themselves. This is depressing, but important, stuff.

February 22, 2008 Full Review Source:

the 'reality drama' that unfolds on-screen takes viewers away from the real ecological issue (much as it took Stewart away from his diving)

February 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Stewart, a Toronto-based marine biologist and underwater photographer, makes up for in passion what he lacks in narrative subtlety.

February 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Features beautiful underwater photography and a stirring call to action.

January 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Cautionary environmental documentary that asserts there's more to sharks than "Jaws."

January 23, 2008 Full Review

ecological alarm clock once again rings in 2007

December 15, 2007 Full Review Source: Old School Reviews
Old School Reviews

An amateurish but enjoyable and informative piece correcting all the misconceptions we might have about sharks.

December 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Sharkwater is fascinating both as political statement and beautifully filmed documentary.

November 3, 2007 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

Dazzling underwater photography. Compromises story/entertainment for message.

November 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card
Hollywood Report Card

Audience Reviews for Sharkwater

As I thought, this was an eye opening movie, with a lot of good and sometimes unsettling footage. It was well done and I think there were some technical nuances that could have been made to streamline the picture, but it had my attention the entire time. Although a lot of people are not interested in this type of film, or its subject matter, I think we really do need to be educated about issues such as this one. There are a lot of things going on in the world that are blatant abuses of people, animals and resources around the globe. I believe that everything on this earth if for humanity to use and care for, but I am strongly against the abuse of these resources, living and nonliving alike. See this movie and similar ones like it.
June 16, 2010

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However interesting the situations, deserves a more objective perspective.
October 12, 2007

Super Reviewer

I loved this documentary. It was so beautiful but it shed light on things humans are doing that are, at best, ugly. We need ALL animals here and everyone needs to see this film to become more open-minded about sharks and stopping the disgusting practices that are endangering their existence.
August 21, 2009

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