Into the Blue - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Into the Blue Reviews

Top Critic

Time Out
February 9, 2006
A glitzy little B-movie.
Top Critic

Newsday
October 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
Matt Singer
Village Voice
October 4, 2005
Any potential guilty pleasure is washed away in a sea of icky sermonizing.
Top Critic
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
October 3, 2005
I don't think there's anything wrong with an escapist adventure, but if you're rolling your eyes in disbelief at the plot and the dialogue, it makes it hard to enjoy the scenery.
Top Critic
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
October 1, 2005
Though marketed as brain-dead youth fodder, it's even worse than it looks.
Top Critic

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 1, 2005
Top Critic
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
September 30, 2005
It takes Stockwell forever to get these details into place, because he's primarily concerned with Caribbean and bikini-clad eye candy. But even that loses its novelty in a ridiculous showcase like this.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
September 30, 2005
The makers of Into the Blue know what the audience wants. And they deliver a little bit more.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 30, 2005
Alba? We'd follow her anywhere, especially Into the Blue.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
September 30, 2005
The actors swim well, but emote poorly.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
September 30, 2005
There is nothing about Into the Blue that is going to arouse anything above the waistline, but director Stockwell makes a fair show of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Justin Chang
Variety
September 30, 2005
Not a thriller so much as an extremely violent swimsuit calendar.
Top Critic
Mike Clark
USA Today
September 30, 2005
Too long at 110 minutes, the movie gets a lot more complicated with its array of peripheral characters. But it's never very deep on characterizations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
September 30, 2005
Alas, there is no treasure, buried or otherwise, but only fool's gold in the silly script.
| Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
September 30, 2005
Somewhat silly but reasonably entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
September 30, 2005
Whom do you root for when everyone is sleazy?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Top Critic
Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
September 30, 2005
An enjoyable, gorgeously photographed aquatic adventure whose stars are blissfully bodacious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
September 30, 2005
Some movies are train wrecks. This one is chum.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
September 30, 2005
It doesn't take long to realize that the only thing this movie's diving for is dollars -- yours.
| Original Score: D+
Top Critic
Michael Booth
Denver Post
September 30, 2005
Manages to create a winning Caribbean vibe that stretches into a fun popcorn flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
September 30, 2005
Writer Matt Johnson lays on more villains and more chases and more twists, but instead of giving the film more depth, it just turns it increasingly sillier and sillier until it drowns in its own contrivances.
| Original Score: 2/4
Top Critic
Tom Long
Detroit News
September 30, 2005
Never makes it to so bad it's good, stalling instead at so-bad it's bad.
| Original Score: C-
Top Critic
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
September 30, 2005
This one tells a hoary tale of Caribbean salvage operators dedicated to hunting sunken treasure on the ocean floor. But the true salvager is the guy behind the camera. John Stockwell has already flashed his talent for rescuing B-material.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
September 30, 2005
In its favor, the treasure-hunt adventure has some modestly good underwater scenes, complete with interesting fish. Still, a trip to the aquarium would probably be livelier.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Top Critic
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
September 30, 2005
The most improbable of movies, a comic thriller set in the Bahamas in which Walker and Alba bare enough flesh to seduce us into thinking they've bared pieces of their souls.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
September 30, 2005
When under water, the action-adventure Into the Blue has genuine thrills. Above water or on dry land, this is one dead fish.
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
September 30, 2005
Alba is bad, but her co-stars are worse. Stockwell can't get a decent performance out of any of them. Even the sharks seem to be hamming it up.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Top Critic
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
September 29, 2005
It is an extraordinary cinematic achievement to take a story combining pirate treasure, drug runners, killer sharks, an airplane crash, car chases and Jessica Alba in a bikini, and turn it into an exercise in tedium.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Top Critic
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
September 29, 2005
A soggy adventure best suited to DVD-rental desperation.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Top Critic
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
September 29, 2005
Into the Blue may look good cavorting prettily on deck, but ultimately it deserves to walk the plank.
Top Critic
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 29, 2005
It's eye candy with snorkels and fins.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
September 29, 2005
My theory is that Jared is Aquaman, and he's probing the ocean with his mental powers, looking for intelligent life. Which is why he never finds the screenwriter down there.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Top Critic
Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
September 29, 2005
Mad props to Peter Zuccarini, who headed the team of ocean-bound photographers and captured some remarkably vivid footage, and also to the actors, who spend plenty of time looking cool, calm and collected swimming with the predatory fishes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
John Patterson
L.A. Weekly
September 29, 2005
Some narrative economy could have shaved 20 minutes off the film's slackly paced two hours and brought us sooner to its memorably frenetic underwater climax -- a payoff that's finally too little, too late to save the movie.
Top Critic
Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
September 29, 2005
It's almost campy enough to be worthy. Except it's not.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 29, 2005
The movie is written, acted and directed as a story, not as an exercise in mindless kinetic energy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 28, 2005
Walker is supposed to be lured by the buried treasure, but the actor, wearing Brad Pitt's bristle cut, is like Pitt with his sexy appetite sucked out.
Full Review | Original Score: C