What Lies Beneath (2000)



Critic Consensus: Robert Zemeckis is unable to salvage an uncompelling and unoriginal film.

Movie Info

It had been a year since Dr. Norman Spencer betrayed his beautiful wife Claire. But with Claire oblivious to the truth and the affair over, Norman's life and marriage seem perfect--so perfect that when Claire tells him of hearing mysterious voices and seeing a young woman's wraithlike image in their home, he dismisses her mounting terror as delusion. However, as Claire moves closer to the truth, it becomes clear that this apparition will not be dismissed, and has come back for Dr. Norman … More

Rating: PG-13 (for terror/violence, sensuality and brief language)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Clark Gregg, Sarah Kernochan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 30, 2001
Box Office: $155.0M
DreamWorks SKG


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Critic Reviews for What Lies Beneath

All Critics (148) | Top Critics (34)

What lies beneath What Lies Beneath are the good bones of Alfred Hitchcock.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Zemeckis has made a horror movie for people who probably don't generally like horror movies.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Toronto Star
Top Critic

A classy supernatural lady-in-distress thriller.

January 1, 2000
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

With What Lies Beneath, Zemeckis finally combines his fondness for fright flicks with the character-driven drama of his best work, and the result is one doozy of a ghost story.

Full Review… | February 5, 2014
Georgia Straight

Cross between Fatal Attraction, Poltergeist.

Full Review… | December 29, 2010
Common Sense Media

It's just gimmick all the way.

Full Review… | July 23, 2007

Audience Reviews for What Lies Beneath


Man this movie dragged for me. I could not stay interested long enough to be interested in the story.

Red Lats

Super Reviewer

In this no-bones-about-it homage to Hitchcock, Director Robert Zemekis adds a touch of the supernatural to the Master's usual game of confusing possibilities as a empty nesting mom starts to hear strange ("what's that? is anybody there?") noises in the house. The leads are wholesome and warm ... until the twist at the end. Count the references to Hitchcock hallmarks!

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

What Lies Beneath has an interesting concept with a good cast. Director Robert Zemeckis crafts a good ghost story here, and manages to keep the thrills and chills fresh as the film progresses. What Lies Beneath is good horror film with a good cast. Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer are good here, and the story is entertaining, chilling and scary. What Lies Beneath was very entertaining, and it kept me on the edge of my seat quite a few times. The cast do a fine job, and the story is quite interesting. I very much enjoyed this film Harrison Ford is pretty good in this, and though he doesn't deliver any memorable performances such was the case of Han Solo, and Indiana Jones, he still is able to pull through with a good enough performance to keep you interested in the overall film. What Lies Beneath has a good story that is very engaging. What Lies Beneath is a flawed film, but it manages good scares and does keep you on the edge of your seat. The cast are very good here, and considering that Harrison Ford is a so-so actor nowadays, he does deliver here. Robert Zemeckis has a good directorial style and he sets a good tone and atmosphere for the film, key elements for a good horror yarn. What lies Beneath is a good, creepy film that has a good cast and an interesting story that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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