Head Above Water


Head Above Water

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Total Count: 15


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Movie Info

An idyllic vacation goes horribly awry when a judge's wife discovers her old flame dead in her bed. Set upon a remote island off New England and based on a 1933 Norwegian film, this black comedy chronicles her desperate attempts to hide the corpse before her jealous husband returns.

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Critic Reviews for Head Above Water

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (9)

  • Diaz is largely performing in a vacuum: Keitel, unbelievable for starters as a middle-aged judge, seems unsure at which pitch to play the largely physical comedy, and Sheffer, as the best friend, is fairly vanilla.

    May 20, 2008 | Full Review…

    Derek Elley

    Top Critic
  • Diaz, clad mostly in a one-piece yellow swimsuit, is left floundering in the shallows of a script which relies on ludicrous human behaviour and mechanical plot twists, the latter signposted by an over-emphatic score.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Nigel Floyd

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • One moment, ''Head Above Water'' plays like a clanking melodrama, the next like a gallows comedy of corrupt yuppie manners.

    May 20, 2003
  • If you have to spend time with a corpse at the beach, this is better than "Weekend at Bernie's." But it's a near thing.

    Feb 14, 2001 | Full Review…
  • Debts must have been called in on this one.

    Jan 21, 2004 | Rating: 0/5
  • Interesting thriller with good twists.

    Jul 25, 2003 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Head Above Water

  • Dec 09, 2009
    Not really one of the best but nice to watch. Not a bad comedy. Trying to get rid off the dead body of Billy Zane s character, some nice LOLs scenes nothing special.
    Wahida K Super Reviewer
  • Nov 23, 2008
    This is one edge of your seat thriller...that I never knew of...Both Harvey Keitel and Cameron Diaz had 'killer' instincts in this movie well into the end...see this....
    Fascade F Super Reviewer
  • Apr 09, 2008
    Dark comedy that is most remembered when it's played on late night cable. Other than that, it's completely forgotten. But Harvey Keitel's in it!
    Christopher B Super Reviewer

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