The Deep End Reviews

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November 18, 2002
Swinton ... is for once deglamorized into an ordinary woman enlarged by extraordinary circumstances, and the role animates her wonderfully.
June 18, 2002
For the most part ... the filmmakers and performers invest a high level of intelligence and sympathy into The Deep End.
Top Critic
November 19, 2001
A rather dull movie, weighed down by its pretensions.
August 31, 2001
For all its genre trappings, this is an intelligent, probing study of an ordinary woman under extraordinary duress.
August 29, 2001
The Deep End is the year's best movie since Memento.
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.
August 27, 2001
The film ultimately fails, either because the premise is too absurd, or the execution isn't absurd enough.
August 23, 2001
Swinton mesmerizes as the desperate mother of three under siege.
August 23, 2001
An exceptionally involving and intelligent thriller.
August 20, 2001
Has a cool, glassy appeal -- but then, so does a fish tank.
August 17, 2001
An extraordinarily riveting drama.
August 17, 2001
Superbly acted, strangely moving.
August 17, 2001
Even when The Deep End takes an unfortunate turn toward convention, Swinton is still there, pulling us along.
August 15, 2001
Remains rooted in the real world, which makes its story all the more satisfying -- and chilling.
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.
August 15, 2001
It's intense and involving, and it doesn't let us go.
August 15, 2001
A perfect example of a small, well-made, and (in its central role) rivetingly acted film.
August 15, 2001
An intelligently suspenseful and incongruously witty chamber drama.
August 15, 2001
Its self-awareness is never less than jarring -- trash too high-minded to come out and indulge itself.
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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