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Jaws Reviews

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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.
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Joseph Gelmis
Newsday
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
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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
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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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TIME Magazine
October 16, 2008
Spielberg works self-effacingly, with subtly correct camera placement and meticulous editing. He twists our guts with false alarms, giving us the real thing with heart-stopping suddenness.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
June 27, 2007
Steven Spielberg's mechanical thriller is guaranteed to make you scream on schedule.
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A.D. Murphy
Variety
June 27, 2007
The fast-moving 124-minute film engenders enormous suspense as the shark attacks a succession of people.
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
June 24, 2006
It's no wonder a generation of holidaymakers still thinks twice before stepping into the water.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 12, 2002
When it comes to this kind of thriller, no movie has been able to top Jaws, although many have tried. And, as the years go by, it seems increasingly unlikely that anything will come close.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
One of the most effective thrillers ever made.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4