Critics Consensus

A slow-moving misfire, Submergence isn't as deep as it thinks it is -- but still manages to drown its stars in a drama whose admirable ambitions remain almost entirely unfulfilled.



Total Count: 51


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James (James McAvoy) is a British agent under the cover of a water engineer, while Danny (Alicia Vikander) is a bio-mathematician working on a deep-sea diving project to explore the origin of life on our planet. On a chance encounter in a remote resort in Normandy where they both prepare for their respective missions, they fall rapidly, and unexpectedly, into each other's arms and a deliriously wild love affair develops, even though their jobs are destined to separate them. Danny sets off on a perilous quest to dive to the bottom of the ocean. James's assignment takes him to Somalia, where he is sucked into a geopolitical vortex that puts him in grave danger. Both characters are subject to different kinds of isolation as they pine for each other; their determination to reconnect becomes as much an existential journey as a love story.

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All Critics (51) | Top Critics (11)

  • This is the film of an old man who has retained a humble, almost naive attitude to experience, an awareness there are depths he has left unplumbed. There is something quite moving about this.

    Aug 8, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • The audience is left, then, submerged in two very different movies where the protagonists are going to sink or swim - but unsatisfyingly - not together.

    Apr 20, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • The actors and the filmmaking are seductive enough that Submergence isn't a chore to sit through, but it's not engrossing, either.

    Apr 13, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • Despite the potent raw material at his disposal, Wenders listlessly flips back and forth between the two backdrops, allowing any remaining element of dramatic tension to slowly seep out along the way.

    Apr 12, 2018 | Full Review…
  • Ms. Dignam's script distills the novel into middlebrow Hollywood treacle.

    Apr 12, 2018 | Full Review…
  • An objectively bad movie, paradoxically ponderous and pointless.

    Apr 11, 2018 | Rating: C- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Submergence

  • Aug 20, 2018
    It is hard to care about anything here: the cheap love story, the half-baked motivations or the numerous times someone looks at a cell phone and doesn't send a message - and it only works when discussing (yet superficially) the atrocities committed in the worst corners of this planet.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer

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