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Undertow Reviews

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David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle
September 17, 2010
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Scott Foundas
Variety
March 26, 2009
A deep-fried piece of Southern Gothic that wears its unpleasantness like a merit badge...
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Ben Walters
Time Out
August 16, 2007
Green's signature pastoral tangents and codeine pacing don't slow down this tale of two boys fleeing their psychotic uncle so much as inappropriately slacken any of the story's suspenseful aspects.
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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
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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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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
December 9, 2004
The film's first half is hypnotically watchable.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 24, 2004
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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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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 11, 2004
There's certainly nothing wrong with trying to make a movie visually pleasing, but it shouldn't come until after there's a good plot and intriguing characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
November 5, 2004
From its opening lines and first enigmatic image, everything about Undertow is both dreamlike and real, artfully elusive and matter-of-fact.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
November 5, 2004
A satisfying, bewitching gumbo.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
November 5, 2004
Undertow, which is well worth seeing for the performances by Bell and Lucas, is obviously a transitional film, but where Green wants to go remains unclear.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
November 4, 2004
A taut piece of Southern Gothic from Richardson native David Gordon Green.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Kathy Cano Murillo
Arizona Republic
November 4, 2004
One non-threatening Undertow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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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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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 30, 2004
Those going to Undertow expecting a thriller will find the proceedings slow going. However, those who are seduced by the characters and the setting will find that the 105 minutes pass quickly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
October 29, 2004
Though at times tough going because of its violence and seeming hopelessness, the film has a genuine emotional pull.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
October 29, 2004
The movie was monkeyed with too much in postproduction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
October 29, 2004
A thriller in dire need of thrills.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
October 29, 2004
The suspense first-rate.
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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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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 28, 2004
A small, unsettling thriller.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 26, 2004
Green has an uncanny ability to use his camera to almost sneak up on his subjects in a way that makes us feel we've dropped right into the middle of their lives.
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
October 22, 2004
There's no arguing the revelation of Bell's performance.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 22, 2004
Green has a visual style that is beautiful without being pretty. We never catch him photographing anything for its scenic or decorative effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
October 22, 2004
Undertow conforms to many of the tropes of a formula thriller but, aided by an evocative Philip Glass score and Tim Orr's beautifully naturalistic cinematography, it transcends the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
October 21, 2004
A movie that doesn't add up to the sum of its parts, yet some of those parts connect deeply anyway.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
October 21, 2004
Seething with violence, bleeding with lyricism, it's a poem from the junk heap, a cry from the swamp, another night for another hunter.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
October 20, 2004
Green's new film opens with a sequence that's at once visceral and baffling.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
October 19, 2004
It's surprisingly visceral-at times almost thrilling.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
October 14, 2004
A real Gothic page-turner in the William Faulkner tradition.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
October 6, 2004
The young director David Gordon Green's first film with a conventional plot is a moody gothic thriller drenched in myth and superstition.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 13, 2004
Undertow is the kind of mistake a young and adventurous director will make.