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

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Swimming with Sharks Reviews

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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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
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
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

| Original Score: 2/5

October 3, 2003
Mary Brennan
Film.com
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Sharks is a one-joke movie, and the joke wears thin less than halfway through.

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
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
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 3/5

January 23, 2003
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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[Huang's] plot may be overwritten and the ending may be less than satisfying, but his eye and ear are right.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

| Original Score: 3/5

October 4, 2003
Larry Carroll
Countingdown.com

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

| Original Score: A-

August 9, 2002
James Rocchi
Netflix

Full Review Source: Netflix | Original Score: 3.5/5

November 7, 2002
Scott Weinberg
DVDTalk.com

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
Clint Morris
Moviehole

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

| Original Score: 4/5

March 23, 2005
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

Spacey takes such palpable delight in being a suave hard-ass that it's impossible not to like him.

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

January 1, 2000
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

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
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
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

| Original Score: 3/5

January 11, 2005
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

As fine a 'revenge on the boss from hell' movie as the wickedly vindictive 9 to 5 (and as outrageous a satire on Hollywood as The Player).

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher | Original Score: 9/10

January 1, 2000
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

| Original Score: 3/5

November 19, 2004
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