It's a low-budget film, but often has effective death sequences with moderately good special effects. If only we could move away from the shaky-cam storytelling, I would be so much happier.
| Original Score: B-
Even though multiple-sourced footage remains a potentially interesting way to shoot a movie, using this particular framing device really has become redundant.
| Original Score: 2/5
The tension is well enough sustained, the horrors build steadily, the eco message is familiar.
Gruesome but oddly riveting.
| Original Score: 3/5
Seeking to merge the conventions of found-footage horror with targeted social commentary, the film does its job with some skill ...
I am within a catfish's whisker of giving this film five stars; best to stop me before I elevate it to the ranks of Vertigo and Citizen Kane.
| Original Score: 4/5
It's cleverly put together, the threat nicely revealed via various footage and is never over exaggerated to such an extent that it loses touch with reality.
Effective but hollow, The Bay is a minor work from a director lost at sea.
More coherent and thought-provoking than most 'found-footage' horror movies, this should appeal to genre fans and eco-activists alike.
A largely ineffective and ponderous movie that harnesses many of the worst elements of both the horror genre and the found footage trope.
All prologue and no pay-off, but compelling all the same, this curio plays out like Diary Of The Dead with more diaries and fewer dead.
Paranormal Activity creator Oren Peli helps that old dog Barry Levinson learn some new tricks in The Bay.
| Original Score: 3/4
Levinson's film proves something pretty unequivocally - any conceit, any style, be it found footage or shakycam or haunted house or whatever, can be great in the hands of a good filmmaker.
| Original Score: A
Barry Levinson makes the point that when a top flight filmmaker takes on a beaten-to-death genre -- found footage horror -- he or she can raise the bar, even if they don't reinvent the wheel.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Faux-doc "TV coverage" device isn't the most convincing.
The film's intimate approach smartly mixes genre conventions with modern technology, and the script is just plausible enough to generate some real suspense.
... effective and entertaining and has such a different voice than most horror movies that it should really surprise audiences.
[VIDEO ESSAY] Leave it to master-filmmaker Barry Levinson ("Diner") to show just what is possible with the found-footage horror trope.
| Original Score: B+
Levinson's understanding of character elevates what could have been an absolute disaster but can't save the film from its genre failures and lack of tension.
| Original Score: 3.0/5.0
Levinson cuts through the unrelenting nonsense that plagues so many of these efforts, preying on everyday fears to fashion a terror tale that slips right under the skin.
| Original Score: A-