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Swimfan (2002)



Average Rating: 3.9/10
Reviews Counted: 91
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 78

A Fatal Attraction rip-off, Swimfan is a predictable, mediocre thriller.


Average Rating: 4.3/10
Critic Reviews: 19
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 14

A Fatal Attraction rip-off, Swimfan is a predictable, mediocre thriller.



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A moment of temptation leads to a high body count and untold regrets for a high-school swimming star in this thriller starring Bring It On's Jesse Bradford and Traffic's Erika Christensen. Despite a shady past involving drugs and the juvenile justice system, Ben Cronin (Bradford) seems to have it all: a loving mother, a devoted girlfriend (Shiri Appleby), and a shot at a college scholarship in California. But the same week that athletic scouts will be deciding his future, Ben finds himself


Mystery & Suspense, Horror

Philip Schneider, Charles Bohl

Mar 11, 2003


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All Critics (93) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (13) | Rotten (78) | DVD (19)

Director John Polson mutes the conservative sexual politics of the original film, focusing on the lightweight, efficient suspense story.

February 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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It would be so easy for an actress to overplay this role, to morph into high camp, but Christensen stays icy cool.

February 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Associated Press
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Only the very easily pleased will be able to see past its limitations.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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It's like going to a house party and watching the host defend himself against a frothing ex-girlfriend. You don't want to call the cops. You want to call Domino's.

September 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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Not really a thriller so much as a movie for teens to laugh, groan and hiss at.

September 13, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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The story may not be new, but Australian director John Polson, making his American feature debut, jazzes it up adroitly.

September 12, 2002 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Haven't we all seen this already? Too many times?

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

I've seen this before, it's called "Fatal Attraction"...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

A tapestry of loose ends.

February 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Bradford spends the entire film with an Andrew Shue-ish sullen, slack-jawed expression, but even that's more than what the bland Appleby brings to her doormat role.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source:

A mean-spirited, incompetent disaster.

February 1, 2004 Full Review Source:

Was anybody clamoring for yet another teen movie? Or, even worse, a teen version of Fatal Attraction?

January 6, 2004 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

Seguindo o tom juvenil (no sentido pejorativo da palavra) do roteiro, podemos descrever este filme com uma regra de três simples: Fixação está para Atração Fatal assim como Erika Christensen está para Glenn Close.

July 15, 2003
Cinema em Cena

No points for originality, but young audiences will lap up the mix of nubile teens and cheap shocks, while the solid performances provide something for less hormone-ravaged viewers.

March 30, 2003 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

...fifty minutes of tedious adolescent melodramatics followed by thirty-five minutes of inflated nonsense.

March 11, 2003
Movie Metropolis

Christensen is clearly the best thing about this movie; her transition from a pretty, personable high school girl to a psychotic killer is subtle and disturbing. But its charms mainly end there.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online | Comment (1)
Film Quips Online

Starts well, but ends up being derivative and annoying.

October 30, 2002 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

I hate this movie

October 18, 2002 Full Review Source:'s sometimes difficult to know whether to admire "Swimfan" for being such a tidy little mimic that admittedly has its moments or to hate it for its utter lack of ingenuity and creativity.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

...a listless tale of sex, stalkers and stupidity for the SAT set.

October 14, 2002 Full Review Source:

No surprises.

October 6, 2002

Drowning's too good for this sucker.

October 2, 2002 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY

Ultimately this is a pretty lame movie, without the sardonic wit that parts of the script had seemed initially to promise -- but workmanlike enough.

October 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Guardian

Audience Reviews for Swimfan

An ok well shot, thriller aimed at the MTV generation. Yes this has been done a few times, Fatal Attraction set the bar, and the twists are quite predictable. However if you like thrillers of any sort you'll probably like to see this once.
May 23, 2011

Super Reviewer

Swimfan has gotten a lot of flack due to it's similarities with Fatal Attraction. In fact it's been called a teen version of Fatal Attraction. I haven't seen Fatal Attraction so I couldn't compare, but this an average thriller with decent enough acting. I wouldn't say great, but certainly isn't awful. If you know the story of Fatal Attraction, then Swimfan follows the same path. Nothing original. I can't say that Simfan is a great film, because it isn't. But the film entertained me and it did have something going for it. But this is a pure, mindless thriller that follows the fatal attraction formula. The cast do what they can with a derivative script, and it feels at times lazy, and it shows. Swimfan is a guilty pleasure, and I admit I liked it somewhat cause it was entertaining, but it was fairly borderline average most of the time. Swimfan is the type of film that should be seen when you're bored and you're looking for something mindless, then Swimfan is the film to watch. But be warned, you won't find anything great in this film, maybe it'll entertain you, and and the same time you'll feel that theres something missing. I find the film to be borderline good and I;'d give a 5 out of 10. This may not be the best film, but I've seen my fair share of trash, and this is far from the worst film ever made. Swimfan is what I'd a guilty pleasure film, and it most certainly should be seen that way.
May 20, 2011
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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A very underrated edge of your seat thrilling romance of a film. I can't say I love it, but it is very good. Jesse Bradford has not had the chance of being in many good films, and yet, this is one of his best.
August 28, 2010
KJ Proulx

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Fun to laugh at. Pretty lame otherwise.
October 22, 2008
Curtis Lilly

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