Dark Water


Dark Water (2005)


Critic Consensus: All the atmospherics in Dark Water can't make up for the lack of genuine scares.


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Directed by Walter Salles Jr., this remake of Hideo Nakata's supernatural psychological drama Honogurai Mizuno Soko Kara revolves around the plight of a single mother (Jennifer Connelly) whose messy divorce and subsequent battle for the custody of her five-year-old daughter is taking a heavy toll on her emotional well-being. Ultimately, the mother and daughter are able to relocate to an apartment, which, despite its excessively dilapidated interior, seems to be an adequate location for beginning a new life. Before long, however, what appears to be the spirit of a young girl begins to haunt them. No stranger to mental illness, the wary young woman brushes the visions aside as part of the inherent stress of making the transition from housewife to working, single mom. As time goes by and the apparent haunting does not subside, the apartment's new residents are forced to examine the history of its former tenants. Dark Water also features performances from John C. Reilly, Tim Roth, and Dougray Scott. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi

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John C. Reilly
as Mr. Murray
Tim Roth
as Jeff Platzer
Perla Haney-Jardine
as Natasha/Young Dahlia
Linda Emond
as Mediator
Debra Monk
as Young Dahlia's Teacher
Bill Buell
as Mediator
J.R. Horne
as Man in Tram
Elina Löwensohn
as Dahlia's Mother
Warren Belle
as UPS Man
Alison Sealy-Smith
as Radiology Clinic Supervisor
Simon Reynolds
as Man in Elevator
Kate Hewlett
as Teacher's Aide
Diego Fuentes
as Night Doorman
Zoe Heath
as Natasha's Mother
as Platzer's Backseat Client
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Critic Reviews for Dark Water

All Critics (153) | Top Critics (39)

This dank, dark and disturbing psychological horror film is a remake of a Hideo Nakata chiller, but the film it most evokes is Roman Polanski's Repulsion, another tale of mental instability and bad real estate.

Mar 14, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It fails to deliver the narrative thrill twists its origins would promise.

Jul 12, 2005 | Full Review…

Like so many recent thrillers of this ilk, many of them in some way exploiting the 'innocence' of childhood -- the dumb and unpleasant Hide and Seek springs to mind -- Dark Water falls apart in the wind-down.

Jul 8, 2005

A tasteful but unremitting bummer and yet one more case of an Oscar-winning actress proving that she can still do the kinds of disposable movies big awards are supposedly meant to banish from your résume forever.

Jul 8, 2005 | Full Review…

Dark Water has more substance and a more interesting look than many horror films, but the familiar elements of the story disappoint.

Jul 8, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
USA Today
Top Critic

Working from a premise that's not only thin but transparent, Salles struggles mightily to generate tension in any other way possible.

Jul 8, 2005 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dark Water

two stars

MisterYoda ?
MisterYoda ?

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Psychological thriller starring Jennifer Connolly. After a nasty divorce and custody battle of her daughter, mother and daughter move to an old apartment which is haunted by a little girl.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

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DUN DUN, DUN DUN, DUN DUN.... the end.

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

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15/07/2010 (DVD) This is not your typical "BOO!!" type of horror but more of a psychological "mess with your head" flick. I personally enjoyed the original Japanese version more than this but it was cool to see the westernized serving of this dish. A story of struggle, confusion and madness. Not bad.

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