The Swimmer Reviews

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April 18, 2014
A woefully forgotten gem from the 1960s ... a penetrating piece of introspection that was clearly ahead of its time.
April 1, 2014
As effectively as almost any movie ever made about American suburbia, The Swimmer gets the contentment that comes with material success[...] And it gets how the fantasy is hard to sustain.
March 24, 2014
Beautifully shot and executed, the effort is generous with disturbing, puzzling behavior, yet wise enough to provide clear clues to aid interpretation.
September 1, 2008
October 30, 2007
Frequently silly but oddly memorable and unsettling.
October 30, 2007
A resounding commercial flop, this has since been recognized as a signature 60s film, prescient in its view of American self-deception.
June 24, 2006
A largely loony but oddly compulsive allegory.
October 11, 2005
Ned Merrill is a tragic hero for the '60s, and it's one of Lancaster's most searing performances.
June 13, 2005
May 9, 2005
As do few movies, The Swimmer stays in the memory like an echo that never quite disappears.
March 8, 2005
November 23, 2004
October 23, 2004
Burt Lancaster is superb in his finest performance.
January 24, 2004
August 22, 2003
July 9, 2003
June 1, 2003
An enigmatic, poetic, disturbing, interestingly pretentious fable.
May 24, 2003
A mannerist, moody and wonderfully strange allegory of the squandered American Dream. Like a plunge into the deep end, it stings and refreshes.
December 8, 2002
October 8, 2001
Like a series of hammer-blows to the gut.
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