Knife in the Water Reviews

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March 12, 2018
Polanski has played a cool trick by taking this ordinarily social squabble out of the city and putting it down in the middle of a watery nowhere.
October 28, 2013
[VIDEO ESSAY} For his debut feature film - after graduating from Poland's famed National Film School in Lodz - Roman Polanski set out to break several golden rules of academic filmmaking.
April 24, 2012
Taut, compelling, and engaging, Polanski's Oscar-nominated thriller is one of the most brilliant debuts in film history.
August 17, 2010
The acting, music and camerawork all weave together to create an unexpectedly magical, brilliantly crafted, intensely sensuous experience.
September 25, 2009
Circles and triangles govern Polanski's great, brackish anecdote about the instability of human interaction
August 19, 2009
Attests to the idea that Polanski was from the very onset, a filmmaker with a singular and disturbing vision. His is clearly a cinema of obsession.
May 1, 2009
...a dazzling black-and-white chamber piece
March 26, 2009
Middle-aged cocksureness, arrogance and incomprehension versus teenage revolt, with a young woman as a sort of arbiter, is the theme of this lively and inventive little pic.
December 14, 2007
Knife In The Water is a claustrophobic, slow-burning expose of jealousy, spite and eroticism.
February 18, 2007
September 23, 2006
'Knife in the Water,' Roman Polanki's first feature, strips bare the nature of human dealings and the will to dominate.
June 24, 2006
Polanski's first feature, a model of economic, imaginative film-making which, in many ways, he has hardly improved upon since.
May 26, 2006
One of the greatest of all feature debuts.
April 1, 2006
Polanski arrived on the scene with an almost super-human knack for tension; one of the great directorial debuts in cinema's history.
February 7, 2006
Polanski at his uniquest
December 26, 2005
[The movie suggests that a] young man will either become like his corrupt elders, and presumably get a trophy woman of his own, or drown.... To Polanski, surviving in such a society, in such a world, is not the same as winning.
June 19, 2005
April 30, 2005
An intriguing Polish import that launched Polanski's career.
March 13, 2005
Builds up a sexual, generational, and violent tension in a straightforward manner, with hardly any dramatic contrivances.
May 28, 2004
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