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Dark Water Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
March 18, 2011
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 | Original Score: 5/10
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
July 10, 2005
...a horror film that suffers from a lack of commitment. Its story and characters are as murky as the water that flows endlessly throughout it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 8, 2005
It's so lacking in heartfelt frights or cheap scares that the few real hair-raising moments, in the finale, don't pay off.
| Original Score: 2/5
July 7, 2005
Excruciating and less scary than a clogged up toilet, Dark Water should be allowed to quietly drain.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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James Berardinelli
July 7, 2005
Dark Water has plenty of creepy moments, but few scares, and it becomes bogged down in setup.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 8, 2005
The film's greatest mystery turns out to be: Why, with so much talent, does Dark Water never cross the tipping point?
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
July 7, 2005
No amount of tastefully desaturated color or imaginary friends going whoo-whoo in the deserted apartment upstairs can save this lumbering echt-thriller from fatal tedium.
James Rocchi
July 7, 2005
A single mother, a mysterious haunting, urban terror: This well-crafted Japanese horror remake has a too-familiar "Ring" to it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 14, 2005
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
July 7, 2005
Dark Water is based on one of those low-key Japanese chillers where there are a whole lot of potentially scary things and maybe one thing that actually turns out to be scary.
| Original Score: 2/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
July 6, 2005
A moldy, third-generation retread of The Ring.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Eric D. Snider
July 12, 2005
Japan's chief horror export used to be a giant fire-breathing lizard who smashed cities and destroyed things. Now it's damp girls who crawl around and harass new homeowners.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Todd McCarthy
July 7, 2005
[Dark Water] is dripping with clammy, claustrophobic atmosphere, but ultimately reveals itself as just another mildewed, child-centric ghost story of little import or resonance.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
July 7, 2005
A dull and occasionally risible remake of an even duller, more risible Japanese horror flick ...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Kit Bowen
July 7, 2005
Although the film portends to be a creepy ghost story, you'll more than likely be bored to tears, which, of course, will be lost in all the icky water gushing everywhere.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Rebecca Murray
July 7, 2005
The only thing scary about Dark Water is the fact the movie never seems to end.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Cole Smithey
April 16, 2009
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 | Original Score: D
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 8, 2005
Dark Water has more substance and a more interesting look than many horror films, but the familiar elements of the story disappoint.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
July 8, 2005
As a scare film, it's a dud.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Staci Layne Wilson
July 7, 2005
The tagline says, 'Some mysteries were never meant to be solved.' Unfortunately, the filmmakers solve it for you just a few minutes into the movie.
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