Swimming Pool Reviews

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Sarah Wenk
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Confusing thriller is absolutely NOT for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
This is a very well directed with a good story, great characters, and involving engrossing performances from Charlotte Rampling and Ludivine Sagnier.
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
September 7, 2007
Rampling and Ozon clearly enjoy working together. Rampling relishes psychologically complex roles. Ozon respects his leading ladies enough to give them challenges.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Wesley Lovell
Cinema Sight
August 8, 2006
Charlotte Rampling is engaging in this intriguing little whodunit that seems more intent on exposing internal paranoia than it does on real world murder.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 29, 2005
... sensual and enigmatic
Full Review | Original Score: A
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
October 26, 2004
Tiene que ver con eso de la ficción y de ser espectadores, y hasta qué punto creemos lo que se ve en la pantalla como una realidad y no como el antojo de un director de cine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Boyd van Hoeij
european-films.net
August 7, 2004
[An] interesting character study of the two women [portrayed].
Martin Scribbs
Low IQ Canadian
July 14, 2004
Although copious amounts of French nudity constitutes, to some degree, its own reward, Swimming Pool is marred by stupor and a fake-as-Lee-Press-On-Nails coda.
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
July 7, 2004
As in Chabrol, the plot's not the thing: what drives Swimming Pool is the transformations that take place within its characters. Rampling is a pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
June 23, 2004
The movie shimmers with sexual energy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Matt Kelemen
Las Vegas CityLife
April 5, 2004
Ozon's first English-language film is a blend of fantasy and reality that is cleverly constructed and nearly seemless.
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
February 9, 2004
Stick around for the surprise finish; it's a good one, even if the rest of Swimming Pool stays close to the shallow end.
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
January 27, 2004
...provoking and stimulating to a fault, a movie that genuinely seems to care about its messages and the people it involves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal
January 15, 2004
The twist ending is unsatisfying and the daughter's role underdeveloped (even if her body isn't).
| Original Score: B-
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
January 2, 2004
One wishes Orzon was less impressed with his cleverness, and had given some thought to how it would actually play for audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
December 19, 2003
Is this a mystery thriller or a very slow comedy? Whatever it is, the two lead actresses make the task of finding out delectable.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
December 11, 2003
Charlotte Rampling's superb performance and the film's artistic, enigmatic ending will haunt me for a long time to come.
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
December 1, 2003
Providing his two favorite actresses with departure roles that have a captivating culmination, Ozon's appreciation of their talents is completely contagious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
November 22, 2003
For a story about the boundlessness of the body and mind, it's told with an asphyxiating conservatism.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
November 19, 2003
A dazzling film that plays tricks with your mind.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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