• R, 1 hr. 33 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    George Huang
    In Theaters:
    Mar 21, 1995 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 18, 1998
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Swimming with Sharks Reviews

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Emanuel Levy

Despite some sharp dialogue, this is a nasty, derivative film, sort of a cross between Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs and Altman's The Player.

Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: C+

March 18, 2008
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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The picture's raison d'être has to be Spacey's 'loud and nasty' performance: he's the sort of actor who grabs you by the throat and beats you about the head without ever lifting his feet from the desk.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...Spacey delivers one of his most memorable performances...

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

July 31, 2005
Scott Weinberg

It's darkly hilarious, smoothly entertaining, and almost sinfully cruel. And the finalé packs a real stinger.

Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com | Original Score: 4.5/5

June 17, 2005
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Dazzling and subversive satire on boss-employee relations.

| Original Score: 4/5

May 12, 2005
Clint Morris

One of the best film's of the 90's...Spacey and Whaley are staggeringly good!

| Original Score: 4/5

March 23, 2005
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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Mr. Spacey's Buddy is a caricature so dazzling that even Buddy might have to say something nice about it: cool, withering, studiously suave, and spurred by impulses that might seem peevish even in a 2-year-old child.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

May 20, 2003

ascerbic but missing something

| Original Score: 3/5

May 12, 2003
Larry Carroll

A criminally underrated film, featuring one of Spacey's best performances.

| Original Score: A-

August 9, 2002
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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This excessively talky, incoherently plotted, would-be film noir is not very good.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail

April 12, 2002
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

I came away from this film unsure of what it was trying to say, unsure of how to classify it, and definitely unhappy with the ending.

Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies | Original Score: 2.5/5

February 28, 2002
Peter Rainer
Los Angeles Times
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To outsiders, all this rage and gnashing of teeth may seem silly and self-absorbed.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times

February 13, 2001
Christopher Null

Overrated and somewhat derivative, Swimming with Sharks is a reasonably good time but honestly doesn't have a whole lot to say.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 3/5

January 1, 2000
Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
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The film has no subtlety, so the one-dimensional story comes across as a sophomoric, pointless tirade.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

January 1, 2000
Mary Brennan
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Sharks is a one-joke movie, and the joke wears thin less than halfway through.

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
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There doesn't seem to be enough material here to satisfy a full length feature, and the movie, which starts with such promise, begins to drag around its midpoint.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

January 1, 2000
John Hartl
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Kevin Spacey, who is the reason to see the picture, is hilariously ruthless as Buddy Ackerman.

January 1, 2000
Lucy Mohl
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A dazzling, frightening tour de force by Kevin Spacey.

January 1, 2000
Tom Keogh
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When it comes time to take this drama to another level, addressing the darker and more pertinent issue of why Guy puts up with it and what he wants out of life, Huang is right there.

January 1, 2000
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies

Both [Spacey's and Whaley's] renditions are alarmingly true to life in a very unsettling way.

| Original Score: 4/5

January 1, 2000
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