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Swimming Pool Reviews

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Sarah Wenk
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Confusing thriller is absolutely NOT for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
July 4, 2003
Ozon means to have perversity speak for him, but in the end, it doesn't have a lot to say.
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
August 8, 2003
Ozon even steals from himself...Eventually, [his] compulsion to imitate becomes an end in itself, taking his movie in directions it hasn't been built to travel.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Jeremiah Kipp
ToxicUniverse.com
June 12, 2003
Unlike Hitchcock, who was forced to curtail his fetishes behind the movie code, Ozon lets it all hang out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jeremiah Kipp
Filmcritic.com
June 14, 2003
Here's the art house version of Caddyshack, also known as 'the slob versus the snob.'
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Arthur Lazere
culturevulture.net
July 1, 2003
What had been character-driven drama becomes plot-driven and gimmicky, undermining all of the promise of the first half of the film.
Erik Childress
eFilmCritic.com
July 8, 2003
Unsure of the correct solution but aware of all the possibilities, the only conclusion I could come to was how I didn't give a hot damn about any of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf
July 21, 2003
François Ozon's sexy but grimly pedestrian "Swimming Pool" is as obvious as it is uninspired.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
July 1, 2003
Swimming Pool is as lulling as a dead man's float, but you come up for air realizing there's no deep end.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 1, 2003
...it's really a shame that the movie becomes as silly as it does.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
July 8, 2003
...primarily a movie about the disruptive and empowering effects of female nudity -- which is kinda cool. Too bad about the ending.
Martin Scribbs
Low IQ Canadian
July 14, 2004
Although copious amounts of French nudity constitutes, to some degree, its own reward, Swimming Pool is marred by stupor and a fake-as-Lee-Press-On-Nails coda.
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
January 2, 2004
One wishes Orzon was less impressed with his cleverness, and had given some thought to how it would actually play for audiences.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/5
Marcy Dermansky
About.com
October 15, 2003
Big-bosomed, small-waisted French actress Ludivine Sagnier parades topless for more than half of Francois Ozon's thriller. Surprise is, "Swimming Pool" is not sexy or thrilling
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Mark Robison
Reno Gazette-Journal
January 15, 2004
The twist ending is unsatisfying and the daughter's role underdeveloped (even if her body isn't).
| Original Score: B-
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
November 22, 2003
For a story about the boundlessness of the body and mind, it's told with an asphyxiating conservatism.
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Jon Niccum
Lawrence Journal-World
August 15, 2003
The payoff is so murky that audience members will recognize they have been fooled, but not with what that trick ending actually means.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jack Zink
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
July 21, 2003
Messy and inconclusive as a mystery thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
August 1, 2003
An erotic thriller, with an emphasis on eroticism, presumably because Ozon couldn't come up with real thrills.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
June 16, 2003
An inconsequential film ... Still, there are a lot worst things to do than sit in the dark and admire Sagnier's phenomenal figure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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