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Dark Water (2005)

Dark Water (2005)

Dark Water



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, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (for mature thematic material, frightening sequences, disturbing images and brief language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Rafael Yglesias
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 26, 2005
Box Office: $25.4M
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John C. Reilly
as Mr. Murray
Tim Roth
as Jeff Platzer
Perla Haney-Jardine
as Natasha/Young Dahlia
Debra Monk
as Young Dahlia's Teach...
Linda Emond
as Mediator
Bill Buell
as Mediator
J.R. Horne
as Man in Tram
Elina L÷wensohn
as Dahlia's Mother
Warren Belle
as UPS Man
Alison Sealy-Smith
as Radiology Clinic Sup...
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 C...
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Critic Reviews for Dark Water

All Critics (161) | Top Critics (42)

The supporting characters, in fact, are the most enjoyable part of the film, often more enjoyable than Connelly or Gade, each taking great advantage of their scenes to create real people in a short space of time.

Full Review… | March 18, 2011

Evolves from a supernatural mystery to a truly sad tragedy...

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

Esteemed Brazilian director Walter Salles ("The Motorcycle Diaries") falls flat on his face on his first Hollywood outing with a horror movie that will bore you to tears.

Full Review… | April 16, 2009

Unfortunately, the supernatural element is underplayed to the extent that the story almost became nothing more than a domestic drama.

Full Review… | July 10, 2008

This murky urban ghost story about a possible haunted hi rise of horrors, basically lets the all-natural creepiness already native to its NYC landscape just do its deadly thing, likely intensified by 9/11's architectural carnage.

Full Review… | May 24, 2007
Long Island Press

A moody, quirky movie that, although flawed, is worth a walk to the theatre in a gentle rain.

Full Review… | February 22, 2007
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Dark Water

two stars

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

Super Reviewer

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

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

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