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The Deep End Reviews

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Todd McCarthy
Variety
May 20, 2008
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
November 18, 2002
Swinton ... is for once deglamorized into an ordinary woman enlarged by extraordinary circumstances, and the role animates her wonderfully.
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
June 18, 2002
For the most part ... the filmmakers and performers invest a high level of intelligence and sympathy into The Deep End.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
August 31, 2001
For all its genre trappings, this is an intelligent, probing study of an ordinary woman under extraordinary duress.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
August 31, 2001
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
August 29, 2001
The Deep End is the year's best movie since Memento.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 27, 2001
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Houston Chronicle
August 27, 2001
The film ultimately fails, either because the premise is too absurd, or the execution isn't absurd enough.
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Jane Sumner
Dallas Morning News
August 23, 2001
Swinton mesmerizes as the desperate mother of three under siege.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 23, 2001
An exceptionally involving and intelligent thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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August 20, 2001
Has a cool, glassy appeal -- but then, so does a fish tank.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
August 17, 2001
An extraordinarily riveting drama.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
August 17, 2001
Superbly acted, strangely moving.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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John Zebrowski
Seattle Times
August 17, 2001
Even when The Deep End takes an unfortunate turn toward convention, Swinton is still there, pulling us along.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
August 15, 2001
Remains rooted in the real world, which makes its story all the more satisfying -- and chilling.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
August 15, 2001
Sucks us into its vortex of sex, lies and videotape and refuses to let go -- at least for the first hour or so.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 15, 2001
It's intense and involving, and it doesn't let us go.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
August 15, 2001
A perfect example of a small, well-made, and (in its central role) rivetingly acted film.
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Kevin Courrier
Globe and Mail
August 15, 2001
An intelligently suspenseful and incongruously witty chamber drama.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Wesley Morris
San Francisco Chronicle
August 15, 2001
Its self-awareness is never less than jarring -- trash too high-minded to come out and indulge itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
August 15, 2001
If the captivating turns and stellar acting of The Deep End don't carry you away, the incredible water imagery surely will.
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
August 14, 2001
Elegantly made, romantically doomy, curiously affecting.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
August 10, 2001
A thrummingly satisfying '40s-style women's melodrama cleverly disguised as an art-house picture.
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Kevin Maynard
Mr. Showbiz
August 9, 2001
Makes for hypnotic viewing, anchored by a star who's the very model of grace under pressure.
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Ebert & Roeper
August 9, 2001
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USA Today
August 8, 2001
One of the most invigorating experiences of the summer.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
August 8, 2001
A beautifully wrought suspense drama that measures the full depths of mother love.
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
August 8, 2001
Fastidious and smart.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 8, 2001
An intelligent, extremely well-acted thriller.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
August 8, 2001
Exquisitely made with a mesmerizing sense of style, it shows the wonderful things that can happen when traditional material is both handled with care and adroitly updated.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
August 7, 2001
Swinton provides her own brand of incandescence, doubling as the film's aching heart and its center of gravity.
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
August 3, 2001
It's the powerful chemistry between the crudely handsome Goran Visnjic ... and the extraordinary Tilda Swinton ... that makes the film relentlessly captivating.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 3, 2001
See it for Swinton's embodiment of unadulterated maternal will.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
August 2, 2001
Springs surprises that entertain and provoke.
| Original Score: 4/5