Undertow Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 19, 2004
Green is all surface and no depth in his effort to channel the late novelist William Faulkner.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
October 21, 2004
No amount of still photography, lyrical scene setting or Green's undeniable skill at working with actors can make up for the adolescent, boys'-adventure-story motivations that drive these paper-thin characters to bogus acts of desperation.
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 18, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: C+
A.S. Hamrah
Boston Phoenix
November 6, 2004
It's hard to work up much sympathy for this orally fixated 10-year old who eats paint and rust, or for an orally fixated movie that lingers over his finger licking so lusciously.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 13, 2004
Undertow is the kind of mistake a young and adventurous director will make.
Brian Orndorf
FilmJerk.com
November 10, 2004
I admire the eccentricities found in his films, but Green loves to go too far, sometimes turning stirring drama into Hee Haw like comedy situations without notice.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
The actors grapple manfully with the ersatz rural poetry of the dialogue, but Green's pacing is slow and self-indulgent, and the action often departs from recognizable human behavior.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 29, 2004
'Southern Gothic' and 'arthouse' are rarely used to describe the same movie, and Undertow is a prime example of why that is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
November 2, 2004
Steeped in a rudimentary, even ludicrous, plot, it plays like nothing more than an exceedingly well-written Friday the 13th sequel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
SPLICEDWire
January 24, 2005
It plays like nothing more than an exceedingly well-written Friday the 13th sequel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Willie Waffle
WaffleMovies.com
October 27, 2004
Undertow has some great moments and good acting performances, but it takes a while to get to the action and story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Gabriel Shanks
Mixed Reviews
October 5, 2004
Lacks the gravity and the power to transcend its genre roots.
Full Review | Original Score: C++
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
October 28, 2004
[E]ven the assured control Green has of his pastiche of gritty, 70s-cinema realism [isn't] enough overcome the inherent stereotypical melodrama...
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
October 22, 2004
Bell's performance as a teenager becoming a man in midflight pulls us through this murky, slow-paced affair, but it's a slog.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
October 29, 2004
Unevenly torn between its would-be poetry and its melodramatic narrative.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 29, 2004
A thriller that has no interest in thrills.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
October 30, 2004
Hamstrung by a feeling that its director was striving for oddity, purely for oddity's sake.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
December 10, 2004
Green's characters often find themselves in raw, unprotected moments, but Undertow also can feel a little too mesmerized by its own junkyard visions.
| Original Score: C
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 7, 2005
| Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
December 17, 2004
| Original Score: 2/4
James O'Ehley
Movie Gurus
November 9, 2011
Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine
November 20, 2004
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 24, 2004
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