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Open Water Reviews

August 20, 2004
There are no Hollywood heroes in these waters, only two regular people ... plus you and me, huddling in the dark.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 20, 2004
Sharks are nature's most efficient killing machines. Open Water, which co-stars sharks, is the summer cinema's most efficient scaring machine.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
August 20, 2004
Considered in its ham-handed entirety, Open Water feels more of an exercise in cinematic sadism.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 15, 2004
Terrifying precisely because it doesn't go in for cheesy shock tactics and special effects.
August 13, 2004
The unforgiving power of nature are all on display to amazing, and frightening, effect.
August 11, 2004
Becomes a slow and steady descent into pure fear.
Full Review | Original Score: A
August 9, 2004
I'm sorry, but that's entertainment?
August 7, 2004
We, the audience, shuffle out of the theater, feeling drained and punished.
August 6, 2004
As the clock ticks on, the sharks thresh and the dialogue continues to stagnate, you might just catch yourself wickedly thinking: Come on sharks, let's do this.
August 6, 2004
A taut, riveting, uncommonly well-made film.
August 6, 2004
It's a very pure, basic kind of terror, nail-bitingly fun to watch; made more so by the startling realism of the sharks.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 6, 2004
The nagging desire to help these people underscores the involvement of the audience in this superbly told story. You can almost taste the saltwater, and the fear.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
August 6, 2004
It should make you think hard about assuming only a big, effects-driven adventure can really give you your money's worth.
August 6, 2004
Kentis keeps it simple and direct, and the effect is devastating.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 6, 2004
A low-budget indie film whose tension and realism are augmented by unknown actors who fully inhabit their roles.
Read More | Original Score: B+
August 6, 2004
If you want to be consumed by special effects, go to any of the many formulaic thrillers in theaters these days. If you want to feel the real chill of fear, go for a swim.
Read More | Original Score: B
August 6, 2004
It's ridiculously cheap and terrifying at the same time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 6, 2004
The real achievement here belongs to a director who understands that economy (in storytelling as well as in budget) can work in his favor.
Read More | Original Score: B+
August 6, 2004
I'm here to tell you that Jaws is nothing. Jaws is now merely Flipper: Episode 127.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 6, 2004
Although the movie was produced with few frills, Kentis keeps you watching. He adds to the tension gradually, and by the end, you're gripping the arms of your seat, wondering whether this pair will be rescued before, um, lunchtime.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
August 6, 2004
What differentiates Open Water from similar stories recounted endlessly on cable television's Shark Weeks is its scrupulous avoidance of anything remotely contrived.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 6, 2004
Wrings every possible drop of tension out of a simple premise and a micro budget.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 6, 2004
It's a scything fin in the pit of your stomach, a gathering shark storm beneath the surface of the life you take for granted.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 6, 2004
Seen in a movie theater, preferably in the company of some shriek-prone friends, Open Water is nasty, discomfiting fun.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 6, 2004
Rarely, but sometimes, a movie can have an actual physical effect on you. It gets under your defenses and sidesteps the 'it's only a movie' reflex and creates a visceral feeling that might as well be real.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 5, 2004
A tiny movie about ocean fears that will flush that overrated The Blair Witch Project 20,000 leagues under the sea.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
August 5, 2004
An expertly made suspense thriller based on an actual incident, but on a visceral level it's about as much fun as watching someone pull the wings off a butterfly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
August 5, 2004
It's just two people, some sharks and a whole lot of ocean. Doesn't sound like much, but it proves more than enough to provide a taut, lonesome chill.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 5, 2004
This minimalist thriller evokes some deep and primal fears, but it is ultimately too under-dramatized to provoke anything more intense than squirming discomfort.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
August 5, 2004
Open Water is so deeply terrifying, so primal in its depiction of man at the mercy of nature, that watching it shakes you to the core.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
August 5, 2004
You can feel the water, stretching against an unsheltering sky, seep into your bones.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 5, 2004
A gut-clutching plunge into primal-fear territory that is no less unsettling for having been made on a flipper and a prayer.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
August 5, 2004
It's just them, the water and us -- at least until the sharks show up. By the time they do, we're feeling almost as apprehensive as Susan and Daniel are.
August 5, 2004
Just one tedious scene stretched out to feature length.
August 5, 2004
A taut, 79-minute fright fest peppered with enough payoffs and glossed with a mournful philosophic overlay.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 5, 2004
Clearly, this one will divide viewers, but the vote here is that Open Water is an unpleasant experience.
August 3, 2004
Simply a stunt -- hopelessly literal-minded and cheap in every sense.
August 3, 2004
Despite its flaws, I welcome Open Water with great enthusiasm, because it offers genuine scares and chills without the self-aware, packaged feel of many horror/thriller films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 2, 2004
... a compact little gem that proves that low-low-budget films don't have to be always about couples squabbling in small rooms.
July 29, 2004
One of the most galvanizing and unforgettable films of the year.