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Dark Water Reviews

July 14, 2005
July 12, 2005
It fails to deliver the narrative thrill twists its origins would promise.
July 8, 2005
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.
July 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.
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
July 8, 2005
Working from a premise that's not only thin but transparent, Salles struggles mightily to generate tension in any other way possible.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 8, 2005
This is an eerie, relentlessly grim, invasive little movie -- a tone poem of despair that seeps into you like the damp.
July 8, 2005
A mostly faithful adaptation of a scary little story: A mother and her young daughter, needing to save money as the mother negotiates an unhappy divorce, move into a depressing, dark apartment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 8, 2005
It's not bad, horrible or embarrassing; it just doesn't completely add up or send people out feeling like they've seen something special.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
July 8, 2005
It's good to see [Salles] getting a chance to direct in Hollywood, and pleasant to have a scary movie that features adults and a fine, vulnerable actress.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 8, 2005
Walter Salles' haunted-apartment thriller Dark Water doesn't sink like a stone, but for a movie with such a pedigreed director and a cast headed by Jennifer Connelly, it doesn't exactly float much above mediocrity, either.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
July 8, 2005
Seductively spooky.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 8, 2005
What keeps the film alive and more than a little nerve-wracking are a terrific cast and director Walter Salles, who creates a powerfully oppressive mood that meshes seamlessly with the inner turmoil of troubled mom Dahlia.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 8, 2005
Salles seems too uncomfortable with the fantastic to get full value from the creeps and jumps his camerawork delivers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 8, 2005
[Salles] has managed to create a movie that's pretty bleak for a Hollywood -- especially Disney -- thriller.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
July 8, 2005
Dark Water is a murky business indeed, painfully sloooow, absurdly derivative and just plain embarrassing for the wealth of talented people involved in it.
Read More | Original Score: D
July 8, 2005
In a time when American acting icons like Robert De Niro and Jane Fonda take roles in junk and call it good fun, Connelly shows us how an actor can respect commercial moviemaking and her craft.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 8, 2005
Narrowly focused and appropriately claustrophobic, Dark Water creates believability by balancing life's small annoyances with darker, more malignant events.
Read More | Original Score: B
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?
July 8, 2005
Until it sputters to a nonsensical close, the film is a spooky entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 7, 2005
A distressing, subtly suspenseful film full of emotional resonance.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 7, 2005
There's something that never quite works about the film, which can't seem to decide if it's all in Dahlia's head, all in the spirit world or all in her pipes.
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
July 7, 2005
While his movie lacks the psychological resonance of Rosemary's Baby or The Sixth Sense, it easily equals their creep-out quotient.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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
July 7, 2005
Dark Water is a lesson in how to transform atmospheric J-horror into soggy B filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 7, 2005
With his stirring visual sense very much intact here, Salles sets the creepy mood eloquently, but the picture ultimately fails to reward all the little shivers with any satisfying jolts.
July 7, 2005
Dark Water will leave some viewers scratching their heads, while others will be wide-eyed with appreciation. This viewer, at least, is reasonably wide-eyed.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 7, 2005
Director Walter Salles give this shocker an added psychological/ dramatic level that heightens the shivers.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 7, 2005
Dark Water achieves some, but not all, of what we might hope for.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 7, 2005
Some may consider Dark Water too leisurely paced, but it's refreshing to see a film that doesn't shoo the ghost from a closet in the first half hour.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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.
July 7, 2005
Connelly and the wide-eyed Gade are so good together as mother and daughter that their performances -- along with the fine supporting work of Reilly, Roth and Postlethwaite -- carry the film. And the day.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 7, 2005
If there's such a thing as a film being too suggestive for too little, Dark Water may be its prototype.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
July 7, 2005
Maybe Ring is spookier. But Water's female character is the better woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown.
Read More | Original Score: B-
July 6, 2005
Salles realizes the rotten dank desperation of her life so vividly that he has made, in effect, the first collapse-of-the- middle-class horror movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
June 16, 2005
A classy ghost story is just the ticket in a summer of crass jolts.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4