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Below Reviews

November 4, 2002
The film has enough spooky momentum and good actors to keep it going.
Read More | Original Score: B
November 3, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 18, 2002
An enjoyable, if occasionally flawed, experiment.
October 18, 2002
It's not original enough.
October 18, 2002
Alive with creepy, menacing flair.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 18, 2002
Twohy's overwrought, comic-book theatrics work against him, as does the hokey script.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 18, 2002
The reason Below gets beneath your skin is that the scriptwriters know what most current horror filmmakers never learned: Fear is an emotion, not a visceral response.
Read More | Original Score: A
October 18, 2002
Below has ambitions to be better than average, but doesn't pull itself together and insist on realizing them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 18, 2002
With more character development this might have been an eerie thriller; with better payoffs, it could have been a thinking man's monster movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 18, 2002
...begins with promise, but runs aground after being snared in its own tangled plot.
October 17, 2002
Becomes swamped early on and spends the rest of its running time dragging itself to Davy Jones' Locker, and us along with it.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
October 17, 2002
This is an exercise in chilling style, and Twohy films the sub, inside and out, with an eye on preserving a sense of mystery.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
October 17, 2002
Distances you by throwing out so many red herrings, so many false scares, that the genuine ones barely register.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 17, 2002
Twohy pulls all the strings to create an inventive genre piece.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 12, 2002
While director David Twohy arguably doesn't mine the premise for all it's worth, he gets enough out of it to make it an effective Halloween treat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 11, 2002
Twohy knows how to inflate the mundane into the scarifying, and gets full mileage out of the rolling of a stray barrel or the unexpected blast of a phonograph record.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 11, 2002
A surprisingly unnerving production that shouldn't be allowed to slip beneath the radar.
October 11, 2002
It's basically an overlong episode of Tales from the Crypt.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 10, 2002
A movie that plays like a gimmick, reliant upon one's appreciation of movie genres ranging from film noir to ghost stories rather than a tale that unfolds to its own rhythms and logic.
October 10, 2002
Below may not mark Mr. Twohy's emergence into the mainstream, but his promise remains undiminished.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
October 10, 2002
If Below had been released in 1943 -- the year of its story -- it would have come in at an agile 70 minutes instead of a protracted 104.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 10, 2002
Directed by David Twohy with the same great eye for eerie understatement that he brought to Pitch Black.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 8, 2002
Though the genre collisions ... are as jarring as the sound design, the cumulative effect is one of claustrophobic creepiness.
October 7, 2002
While the mystery surrounding the nature of the boat's malediction remains intriguing enough to sustain mild interest, the picture refuses to offer much accompanying sustenance in the way of characterization, humor or plain old popcorn fun.