• R, 1 hr. 25 min.
  • Horror
  • Directed By:
    Barry Levinson
    In Theaters:
    Nov 2, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    Mar 5, 2013
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The Bay Reviews

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Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers

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.

Full Review Source: Movie Chambers | Original Score: B-

March 19, 2013

Even though multiple-sourced footage remains a potentially interesting way to shoot a movie, using this particular framing device really has become redundant.

Full Review Source: Scotsman | Original Score: 2/5

March 3, 2013
Philip French
Observer [UK]

The tension is well enough sustained, the horrors build steadily, the eco message is familiar.

Full Review Source: Observer [UK]

March 3, 2013
David Gritten
Daily Telegraph

Gruesome but oddly riveting.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph | Original Score: 3/5

March 1, 2013
Derek Malcolm
This is London

Seeking to merge the conventions of found-footage horror with targeted social commentary, the film does its job with some skill ...

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 3/5

March 1, 2013
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

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.

Full Review Source: Financial Times | Original Score: 4/5

February 28, 2013
Henry Northmore
The List

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.

Full Review Source: The List | Original Score: 3/5

February 28, 2013
Chris Blohm
Little White Lies

Effective but hollow, The Bay is a minor work from a director lost at sea.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 2/5

February 28, 2013
Nigel Floyd
Time Out
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More coherent and thought-provoking than most 'found-footage' horror movies, this should appeal to genre fans and eco-activists alike.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

February 26, 2013
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy

A largely ineffective and ponderous movie that harnesses many of the worst elements of both the horror genre and the found footage trope.

Full Review Source: Digital Spy | Original Score: 2/5

February 26, 2013
Matt Glasby
Total Film

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.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

February 17, 2013
Jason Buchanan
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Paranormal Activity creator Oren Peli helps that old dog Barry Levinson learn some new tricks in The Bay.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

January 8, 2013
Jason Gorber

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.

Full Review Source: Twitch | Original Score: A

December 28, 2012
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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.

Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Original Score: 2.5/4

December 11, 2012
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Faux-doc "TV coverage" device isn't the most convincing.

Full Review Source: East Bay Express

November 29, 2012
Todd Jorgenson

The film's intimate approach smartly mixes genre conventions with modern technology, and the script is just plausible enough to generate some real suspense.

Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com

November 22, 2012
Drew McWeeny

... effective and entertaining and has such a different voice than most horror movies that it should really surprise audiences.

Full Review Source: HitFix | Original Score: B-

November 15, 2012
Cole Smithey

[VIDEO ESSAY] Leave it to master-filmmaker Barry Levinson ("Diner") to show just what is possible with the found-footage horror trope.

Full Review Source: ColeSmithey.com | Original Score: B+

November 14, 2012
Brian Tallerico

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.

Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com | Original Score: 3.0/5.0

November 9, 2012
Brian Orndorf

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.

Full Review Source: Blu-ray.com | Original Score: A-

November 8, 2012
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