The Deep End 2001

The Deep End

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A well-acted film noir with arresting visuals.

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When a woman's (Tilda Swinton) eldest son's lover washes up on the beachfront in front of their house, she does the only thing an unflinchingly devoted mother could: she hides the body to protect her son. Now unexpectedly, in the aftermath of this desperate act, emerges Alek Spera (Goran Visnjic), who knows about the death and the secret life of her son. But what begins as a riveting cat-and-mouse game soon turns into a haunting love story with self-sacrifice at its center.

Cast

Tilda Swinton
as Margaret Hall
Goran Visnjic
as Alek Spera
Jonathan Tucker
as Beau Hall
Peter Donat
as Jack Hall
Raymond J. Barry
as Carlie Nagel
Josh Lucas
as Darby Reese
Tamara Hope
as Paige Hall
Holmes Osborne
as Loan Officer
Richard Gross
as Deputy Sheriff
Jordan Dorrance
as Dylan Hall
Franco Delgado
as Barrish Brother
Kip Ellwood
as Male Nurse
Michael Pizzuto
as Heavy-Set Officer
Tajma Soleil
as Female Nurse
F.W. McGehee
as Music Teacher
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Critic Reviews for The Deep End

All Critics (119) | Top Critics (31) | Fresh (98) | Rotten (21)

  • For the most part ... the filmmakers and performers invest a high level of intelligence and sympathy into The Deep End.

    June 18, 2002 | Rating: 3/4
  • A rather dull movie, weighed down by its pretensions.

    November 19, 2001 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Ben Falk

    BBC.com
    Top Critic
  • For all its genre trappings, this is an intelligent, probing study of an ordinary woman under extraordinary duress.

    August 31, 2001
  • The Deep End is the year's best movie since Memento.

    August 29, 2001 | Full Review…
  • The Deep End does what too few films even attempt -- it takes an ordinary life and places it in an extraordinary situation just believable enough to be terrifying.

    August 27, 2001 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic
  • The film ultimately fails, either because the premise is too absurd, or the execution isn't absurd enough.

    August 27, 2001 | Full Review…
    Houston Chronicle
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Deep End

  • Jan 22, 2016
    Despite the riveting plot summary, the only things that rescue "The Deep End" from being bland are Tilda Swinton's strong performance as a terrified, desperate mother and a somewhat interesting music score. Otherwise, it's dime-a-dozen weekend afternoon TV fare.
    Christian C Super Reviewer
  • Aug 10, 2013
    The Deep End is a well-executed all around noir, one that features yet another powerhouse performance from Tilda Swinton. The story, revolving around a housewife caught in the midst of a blackmail scheme involving her son, is told in way that creates constant tension, being truly suspenseful. The end result is a film that is smart, engaging, well acted, and often compelling. What catapults Deep End over typical noir films is, without question, Tilda Swinton. Swinton's acting range has long been lauded, and here she completely inhibits her character, conveying a powerful sense of desperation, while also employing a smart cunning. She is surrounded by other strong performances, the most impressive of which being Goran Visnijic, with whom she held a great deal of chemistry. The script for Deep End is also smart. It gives us scenarios that are grounded in reality, characters with motivations and actions that we can identify with. We understand why they act the way they act, and are therefore invested in both the decisions they make, and the situations they find themselves in. This smart script is complemented by tight direction, which creates a magnificent atmospheric yet intense tone, in the vein of other great noir films, such as In the Bedroom. While offering us the intrigue of a good noir film, Deep End never forgets to keep the emphasis on the characters and their plights. This emphasis on character dynamics serves the film well, and makes it an overall strong noir piece. 4/5 Stars
    Jeffrey M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 04, 2011
    A pleasant surprise. A thriller with more than one twists. Tilda Swinton is a delight to watch.
    Nicolas K Super Reviewer
  • Jan 03, 2011
    Maybe when someone has watched over 500 thrillers in his life, he just doesn't appreciate them anymore. I really think it's happening with me, because I know this is a fine flick, but I just couldn't appreciate it enough. It's perfect, it has no flows, and Tilda Swinton is just fantastic in surely one of her best performances ever (omitting Michael Clayton). Like most thrillers, the deep end is highly predictable and plain, and lacks the extra adrenaline dose to have you thrilled, something that should be essential to this genre.
    Raja N Super Reviewer

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