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Swimming with Sharks Reviews

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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
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
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
October 3, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
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Mary Brennan
Film.com
January 1, 2000
Sharks is a one-joke movie, and the joke wears thin less than halfway through.
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
The film has no subtlety, so the one-dimensional story comes across as a sophomoric, pointless tirade.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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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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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
This excessively talky, incoherently plotted, would-be film noir is not very good.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 23, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
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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
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
October 4, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
Larry Carroll
Countingdown.com
August 9, 2002
A criminally underrated film, featuring one of Spacey's best performances.
| Original Score: A-
James Rocchi
Netflix
November 7, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Scott Weinberg
DVDTalk.com
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
Clint Morris
Moviehole
March 23, 2005
One of the best film's of the 90's...Spacey and Whaley are staggeringly good!
| Original Score: 4/5
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
January 1, 2000
Spacey takes such palpable delight in being a suave hard-ass that it's impossible not to like him.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
January 1, 2000
Overrated and somewhat derivative, Swimming with Sharks is a reasonably good time but honestly doesn't have a whole lot to say.
| Original Score: 3/5
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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.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
January 11, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 19, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
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