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.
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.
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.
June 19, 2008
A firstrate underwater suspenser with an otherworldly twist, The Abyss suffers from a payoff unworthy of its buildup.
March 1, 2008
November 16, 2007
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.
June 6, 2007
What ultimately saves the film are its extraordinary sets and phenomenal Oscar-winning visual effects.
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.
May 11, 2007
Great blending of spectacle and drama.
February 25, 2007
March 29, 2006
Forget Titanic this is Cameron's best underwater flick
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.
April 17, 2005
A gorgeous and fascinating underwater adventure.
March 24, 2005
A remarkable film...the vfx are super!
February 7, 2005
December 31, 2004
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December 17, 2004
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