Shark Night 3D


Shark Night 3D

Critics Consensus

A joyless excursion into the water that doesn't even produce good gore or nudity thanks to the neutered PG-13 rating.



Total Count: 70


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Arriving by boat at her family's Louisiana lake island cabin, Sara (Sara Paxton) and her friends quickly strip down to their swimsuits for a weekend of fun in the sun. But when star football player Malik (Sinqua Walls) stumbles from the salt-water lake with his arm torn off, the party mood quickly evaporates. Assuming the injury was caused by a freak wake-boarding accident, the group realizes they have to get Malik to a hospital on the other side of the lake, and fast. But as they set out in a tiny speedboat, the college friends discover the lake has been stocked with hundreds of massive, flesh-eating sharks! As they face one grisly death after another, Sara and the others struggle desperately to fend off the sharks, get help and stay alive long enough to reach the safety of dry land. -- (C) Relativity Media

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Critic Reviews for Shark Night 3D

All Critics (70) | Top Critics (11)

  • Shark Night, handled with impersonality by Snakes on a Plane pilot David R. Ellis, aspires to nothing more or less than carrying along an audience through a string of unremarkable kills, often involving high-jumping fish.

    Sep 7, 2011 | Full Review…
  • A second round is out of the question. Unless, of course, they called it "Gladys Knight 3D.'' Then all is forgiven.

    Sep 5, 2011 | Rating: 1/4
  • The sharks are rubber and the performances are wooden and that's just about all you need to know.

    Sep 5, 2011 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • The result is a movie that isn't crummy, exactly, just blah: when the freakiest teeth on screen belong not to one of Walt Conti's animatronically realized sharks but to a good-ol'-boy called Red, you know you have a problem.

    Sep 3, 2011 | Rating: 2/5
  • Sharks have it bad enough as endangered, misunderstood predators with a terrible public relations image without seeing their serial-killing stardom drowned out by hammy acting and torture-porn villainy.

    Sep 2, 2011 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • It doesn't even live up to the minimal promises of the title: There isn't enough shark action, it mostly takes place during the day, and the 3-D only asserts itself in a couple of shots.

    Sep 2, 2011 | Rating: F

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Audience Reviews for Shark Night 3D

  • Apr 07, 2015
    An immensely boring vichyssoise of Lake Placid and Cabin Fever, Shark Night is an exploitation film to an extent as it exploits its audience and buys into the 3D gimmick that seemed so popular around the 2010-2011 mark. The producers of Shark Night don't care about sharks, they don't care about horror and they don't care about films...they care about money. David R. Ellis also directed Snakes on a Plane which was better as it was more self-aware, acknowledging and directly referencing its own outlandishness, however Shark Night 3D believes its scary and that's disappointing.
    Harry W Super Reviewer
  • Jan 09, 2013
    The consensus sums it up. The film offered nothing new, it's like one of the worst rip offs of Jaw. The only reason that made me watched this film was because Sara Paxton starred in this film, but no, I regretted it. All the characters were so frigging stereotypical, it's just dreadul to watch. How stupid can a script be? You'd be surprised. I don't understand why the film had to be PG 13, PG 13 sucks.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Nov 10, 2012
    Okay, so I already knew this movie was gonna be awful from the premise down to the title but I wanted to watch anyway because I'm a shark buff. That ended up backfiring because you start picking apart all the ways the writers make these creatures defy their very natures to kill these boring teenagers. You know who's gonna die and who's gonna live, you even know what order. Its fine if you need some background noise while you read?
    Remi L Super Reviewer
  • Jun 15, 2012
    Shark Night 3D is a horrible film that is one of the most unoriginal pieces of crap I've seen in quite some time. David R. Ellis who made a previous nature gone wild theme horror film with Snakes on a Plane misses the mark entirely with this one. The films plot is nothing new, in fact it's predictable. We all know what happens with this one. The story is bad, the film rides on all the usual clichés, not to mention that the cast is awful and can't act. Ellis made a good film with Snakes on a Plane; it was a fine tribute to B movie comedy horror in my book. However with this one, it simply doesn't deliver the goods. After all those dreadful; Jaws sequels, you'd think they would stop with making bad shark films. Well, I guess they didn't learn their lesson. This film is just poorly made, with no heart and it's not even one of those films that are worth watching for a mindless night of dumb fun. As a horror film, it fails, this is stupid, pointless and overall a train wreck of a film. This so poorly crafted, so lazily made that you don't care for any character, in fact the only thing you care about is the end credits because at least now the horror of sitting through this film is over. This film never should have been made, and is not a good nature gone wild film. Watch the original Jaws for real shark terror and Joe Dante's Piranha for real fun. This simply doesn't deliver. Well it delivers on the mediocrity and it's something it has plenty of. This film might have succeeded if more care went into writing a consistent script, which is something that is clearly absent from this film. This is a film that is not worth your time, and there are far better films in the genre to watch. One of David R. Ellis' worst films, Shark Night is a cliché fest from start to finish simply designed to make a quick buck.
    Alex r Super Reviewer

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