Swimfan (2002)



Critic Consensus: A Fatal Attraction rip-off, Swimfan is a predictable, mediocre thriller.

Movie Info

A moment of temptation leads to a high body count and untold regrets for a high-school swimming star in this thriller starring Bring It On's Jesse Bradford and Traffic's Erika Christensen. Despite a shady past involving drugs and the juvenile justice system, Ben Cronin (Bradford) seems to have it all: a loving mother, a devoted girlfriend (Shiri Appleby), and a shot at a college scholarship in California. But the same week that athletic scouts will be deciding his future, Ben finds himself … More

Rating: PG-13 (for mature thematic elements, sexual content, disturbing images and language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By:
Written By: Philip Schneider, Charles Bohl, Phillip Schneider, Charles F. Bohl
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 11, 2003
Box Office: $28.3M
20th Century Fox - Official Site


as Benjamin `Ben' Croni...

as Madison Bell

as Amy Miller

as Carla

as Coach Simkins

as Mr. Tillman

as Detective John Zabel

as Mrs. Egan

as Aunt Gretchen

as Big Man

as ER Doctor

as ER Guard

as Petite Nurse

as Jake's Nurse

as Passenger Cop

as Police Officer

as Music Nerd

as Parking Garage Cop

as Jake Donnelly
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Critic Reviews for Swimfan

All Critics (93) | Top Critics (19)

Director John Polson mutes the conservative sexual politics of the original film, focusing on the lightweight, efficient suspense story.

Full Review… | February 8, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It would be so easy for an actress to overplay this role, to morph into high camp, but Christensen stays icy cool.

Full Review… | February 8, 2008
Associated Press
Top Critic

Only the very easily pleased will be able to see past its limitations.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Haven't we all seen this already? Too many times?

Full Review… | December 28, 2010
Common Sense Media

I've seen this before, it's called "Fatal Attraction"...

Full Review… | April 29, 2009
Cinema Crazed

A tapestry of loose ends.

Full Review… | February 8, 2008
Observer [UK]

Audience Reviews for Swimfan

An ok well shot, thriller aimed at the MTV generation. Yes this has been done a few times, Fatal Attraction set the bar, and the twists are quite predictable. However if you like thrillers of any sort you'll probably like to see this once.

Dean King

Super Reviewer


Swimfan has gotten a lot of flack due to it's similarities with Fatal Attraction. In fact it's been called a teen version of Fatal Attraction. I haven't seen Fatal Attraction so I couldn't compare, but this an average thriller with decent enough acting. I wouldn't say great, but certainly isn't awful. If you know the story of Fatal Attraction, then Swimfan follows the same path. Nothing original. I can't say that Simfan is a great film, because it isn't. But the film entertained me and it did have something going for it. But this is a pure, mindless thriller that follows the fatal attraction formula. The cast do what they can with a derivative script, and it feels at times lazy, and it shows. Swimfan is a guilty pleasure, and I admit I liked it somewhat cause it was entertaining, but it was fairly borderline average most of the time. Swimfan is the type of film that should be seen when you're bored and you're looking for something mindless, then Swimfan is the film to watch. But be warned, you won't find anything great in this film, maybe it'll entertain you, and and the same time you'll feel that theres something missing. I find the film to be borderline good and I;'d give a 5 out of 10. This may not be the best film, but I've seen my fair share of trash, and this is far from the worst film ever made. Swimfan is what I'd a guilty pleasure film, and it most certainly should be seen that way.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer


A very underrated edge of your seat thrilling romance of a film. I can't say I love it, but it is very good. Jesse Bradford has not had the chance of being in many good films, and yet, this is one of his best.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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