The Abyss Reviews

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.
June 19, 2008
A firstrate underwater suspenser with an otherworldly twist, The Abyss suffers from a payoff unworthy of its buildup.
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.
February 9, 2006
This overlong concoction is scuppered by dire dialogue, histrionic performances and maudlin sentimentality.
May 12, 2001
Anyone looking for a discouraging word about this stupendously exciting and emotionally engulfing film should read no further. The Abyss confirms James Cameron as a world-class filmmaker.
January 1, 2000
The human stuff is more than worth the descent.
January 1, 2000
I'd sooner believe that Moby Dick could swim up the drainpipe.
August 9, 1989