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The Abyss Reviews

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March 10, 2015
Colossally ambitious, this logistically boggling and technically brilliant film from writer-director James Cameron is a visual tour de force, featuring overall, the greatest underwater sequences ever seen on film.
August 4, 2010
The Abyss gains in some ways from its own Achilles heels, in a way most movies don't... its formal technique, its reckless obsessiveness, and its gutsy emotionalism are what I can't stop turning over in my mind.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 14, 2009
One need not be a Cameron acolyte to recognise that The Abyss has aged better than some of the films that outshone it back in the day.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
August 26, 2009
The movie was a bear to make and it shows onscreen, parading around a series of mesmerizing set-pieces that look deliciously hard-earned in ways our current CG-drenched filmmaking climate never allows.
Full Review | Original Score: A
June 19, 2008
A firstrate underwater suspenser with an otherworldly twist, The Abyss suffers from a payoff unworthy of its buildup.
September 19, 2007
As a follow-up to Cameron's great sci-fi Aliens, The Abyss is too verbose for an actioner and the special effects, striking as they are, are not well integrated into the narrative, but it's still worth seeing.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
June 6, 2007
What ultimately saves the film are its extraordinary sets and phenomenal Oscar-winning visual effects.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 6, 2007
The attempt to extract the essences of several genres (cold-war submarine thriller, love story, Disney fantasy, pseudomystical SF in the Spielberg mode) and mix them together ultimately leads to giddy incoherence.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 11, 2007
Great blending of spectacle and drama.
| Original Score: 4/5
March 29, 2006
Forget Titanic this is Cameron's best underwater flick
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
February 9, 2006
This overlong concoction is scuppered by dire dialogue, histrionic performances and maudlin sentimentality.
September 10, 2005
What was once a well-made, well-acted mess is now a very poignant and satisfying sci-fi adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 17, 2005
A gorgeous and fascinating underwater adventure.
| Original Score: 5/5
March 24, 2005
A remarkable film...the vfx are super!
| Original Score: 3/5
December 31, 2004
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July 20, 2004
For God's sake, make sure you have the director's cut. The theatrical cut was an abomination.
| Original Score: 4/5
December 5, 2003
Brilliant at sustaining tension and interest.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 1, 2003
Suffers due to its incredible length and slow pace, but intriguing, nonetheless.
| Original Score: 3/5
March 10, 2003
Pretty great underwater adventure.
October 5, 2002
A classic.
| Original Score: 4/5
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