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Jaws Reviews

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Derek Malcolm
December 22, 2016
Jaws is a splendidly shrewd cinematic equation which not only gives you one or two very nasty turns when you least expect them but, possibly more important, knows when to make you think another's coming without actually providing it.
David Keyes
July 17, 2016
Relentless and intense, with characters that are the accurate realizations of their behaviors and special effects that dwarf the limits of the time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Gary Arnold
Washington Post
July 31, 2015
I don't think there's a more exciting talent at work right now than Spielberg, an authentic moviemaking prodigy, and perhaps his worst problem from June 20, 1975, on will be preventing success from making a nervous or artistic wreck of him.
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Arthur Knight
Hollywood Reporter
July 6, 2015
Perhaps the most perfectly constructed horror story in our time.
Jon Winkler
The Young Folks
June 20, 2015
Jaws knew how to keep audiences invested. While getting to know the human characters and seeing what makes them relatable, the audience salivates for another monster scene.
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Joseph Gelmis
June 12, 2015
Director Steven Spielberg has immeasurably improved the bestselling Peter Benchley potboiler novel.
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Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News
May 29, 2015
Spielberg had paced the film beautifully so that one is always on edge, tensed for those scary moments that turn out to be false alarms, and left somehow totally unprepared for the real shocks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Glenn Dunks
November 24, 2014
With no superheroes or post-apocalyptic wastelands in sight, the skill behind Jaws becomes even more thrilling to watch unfold. ... Quite literally, Jaws is the original and the best.
Read More | Original Score: A+
Jason Di Rosso
At the Movies (Australia)
July 18, 2014
It's just such a good film.
Judith Lucy
At the Movies (Australia)
July 18, 2014
I still find this film pretty terrifying.
Alexander Huls
Movie Mezzanine
February 4, 2014
Enjoyment derived from tension and fear, interspersed with brief breathers to allow nerve-relieving chuckles and smiles.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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Pauline Kael
New Yorker
July 29, 2013
It may be the most cheerfully perverse scare movie ever made. Even while you're convulsed with laughter you're still apprehensive, because the editing rhythms are very tricky, and the shock images loom up huge, right on top of you.
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Judith Crist
New York Magazine/Vulture
July 29, 2013
The result is a fast-paced, straight-line thriller that moves without pause toward the climactic contest at sea between three men and a 25-foot, 3-ton great while killer shark.
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Charles Champlin
Los Angeles Times
July 29, 2013
It is a coarse-grained and exploitive work which depends on excess for its impact. Ashore it is a bore, awkwardly staged and lumpily written.
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
July 29, 2013
What this movie is about, and where it succeeds best, is the primordial level of fear.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Simon Reynolds
Digital Spy
July 29, 2013
Quite simply, Jaws is a masterclass in blockbuster entertainment -- a tense, exciting thriller that redefined contemporary cinema. They don't make them like this anymore.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Alan Jones
Radio Times
July 29, 2013
John Williams's Oscar-winning music and the excellent performances of Roy Scheider and Richard Dreyfuss add to the ingeniously mounted tension that cleverly plays on all our deepest primeval fears.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
July 29, 2013
A near Hitchcockian exercise in transference of guilt and making the audience pay for its illicit pleasures.
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David Denby
New Yorker
July 29, 2013
Spielberg may be the man who created the new Hollywood, but in his first megahit he summed up what was best in the old -- the humor, the perversity, and the storytelling integrity of Alfred Hitchcock.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
July 29, 2013
Mr. Spielberg has so effectively spaced out the shocks that by the time we reach the spectacular final confrontation between the three men and the great white shark, we totally accept the makebelieve on its own foolishly entertaining terms.
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