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Swimming with Sharks Reviews

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Emanuel Levy
March 18, 2008
Despite some sharp dialogue, this is a nasty, derivative film, sort of a cross between Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs and Altman's The Player.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
The picture's raison d'être has to be Spacey's 'loud and nasty' performance: he's the sort of actor who grabs you by the throat and beats you about the head without ever lifting his feet from the desk.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
July 31, 2005
...Spacey delivers one of his most memorable performances...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Scott Weinberg
June 17, 2005
It's darkly hilarious, smoothly entertaining, and almost sinfully cruel. And the finalé packs a real stinger.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
May 12, 2005
Dazzling and subversive satire on boss-employee relations.
| Original Score: 4/5
Clint Morris
March 23, 2005
One of the best film's of the 90's...Spacey and Whaley are staggeringly good!
| Original Score: 4/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Mr. Spacey's Buddy is a caricature so dazzling that even Buddy might have to say something nice about it: cool, withering, studiously suave, and spurred by impulses that might seem peevish even in a 2-year-old child.
| Original Score: 4/5
May 12, 2003
ascerbic but missing something
| Original Score: 3/5
Larry Carroll
August 9, 2002
A criminally underrated film, featuring one of Spacey's best performances.
| Original Score: A-
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
This excessively talky, incoherently plotted, would-be film noir is not very good.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
February 28, 2002
I came away from this film unsure of what it was trying to say, unsure of how to classify it, and definitely unhappy with the ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Peter Rainer
Los Angeles Times
February 13, 2001
To outsiders, all this rage and gnashing of teeth may seem silly and self-absorbed.
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
There doesn't seem to be enough material here to satisfy a full length feature, and the movie, which starts with such promise, begins to drag around its midpoint.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
[Huang's] plot may be overwritten and the ending may be less than satisfying, but his eye and ear are right.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Hartl
January 1, 2000
Kevin Spacey, who is the reason to see the picture, is hilariously ruthless as Buddy Ackerman.
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Lucy Mohl
January 1, 2000
A dazzling, frightening tour de force by Kevin Spacey.
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Mary Brennan
January 1, 2000
Sharks is a one-joke movie, and the joke wears thin less than halfway through.
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Tom Keogh
January 1, 2000
When it comes time to take this drama to another level, addressing the darker and more pertinent issue of why Guy puts up with it and what he wants out of life, Huang is right there.
Bruce Kirkland
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
Both [Spacey's and Whaley's] renditions are alarmingly true to life in a very unsettling way.
| Original Score: 4/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 1, 2000
As fine a 'revenge on the boss from hell' movie as the wickedly vindictive 9 to 5 (and as outrageous a satire on Hollywood as The Player).
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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