Dark Water (2005)

Dark Water (2005)

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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
Rating:
PG-13 (for mature thematic material, frightening sequences, disturbing images and brief language)
Genre:
Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Written By:
In Theaters:
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Box Office:
$25,416,400.00
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Cast

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

All Critics (152) | Top Critics (39)

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

Full Review… | July 12, 2005
Village Voice
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 8, 2005
Salon.com
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 8, 2005
Washington Post
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | July 8, 2005
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.

Full Review… | July 8, 2005
Toronto Star
Top Critic

This is an eerie, relentlessly grim, invasive little movie -- a tone poem of despair that seeps into you like the damp.

July 8, 2005
Slate
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Dark Water

two stars

MisterYoda ?
MisterYoda ?

Super Reviewer

½

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

Super Reviewer

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

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

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