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The Bay Reviews

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Kaori Shoji
Japan Times
June 15, 2016
With masterful and all-too-prophetic storytelling throughout, The Bay could be what Judgment Day will really look like.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
TheHorrorShow
August 24, 2015
A '50s premise, a '70s theme, and a new-fangled presentation. Fun stuff. Also it gets really gross and disturbing, which is meant as a compliment.
Paul Chambers
Movie Chambers
March 19, 2013
It's a low-budget film, but often has effective death sequences with moderately good special effects. If only we could move away from the shaky-cam storytelling, I would be so much happier.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
March 3, 2013
Even though multiple-sourced footage remains a potentially interesting way to shoot a movie, using this particular framing device really has become redundant.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
March 3, 2013
The tension is well enough sustained, the horrors build steadily, the eco message is familiar.
David Gritten
Daily Telegraph (UK)
March 1, 2013
Gruesome but oddly riveting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
March 1, 2013
Seeking to merge the conventions of found-footage horror with targeted social commentary, the film does its job with some skill ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
February 28, 2013
I am within a catfish's whisker of giving this film five stars; best to stop me before I elevate it to the ranks of Vertigo and Citizen Kane.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Henry Northmore
The List
February 28, 2013
It's cleverly put together, the threat nicely revealed via various footage and is never over exaggerated to such an extent that it loses touch with reality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Chris Blohm
Little White Lies
February 28, 2013
Effective but hollow, The Bay is a minor work from a director lost at sea.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Nigel Floyd
Time Out
February 26, 2013
More coherent and thought-provoking than most 'found-footage' horror movies, this should appeal to genre fans and eco-activists alike.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy
February 26, 2013
A largely ineffective and ponderous movie that harnesses many of the worst elements of both the horror genre and the found footage trope.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Glasby
Total Film
February 17, 2013
All prologue and no pay-off, but compelling all the same, this curio plays out like Diary Of The Dead with more diaries and fewer dead.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jason Buchanan
TV Guide
January 8, 2013
Paranormal Activity creator Oren Peli helps that old dog Barry Levinson learn some new tricks in The Bay.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jason Gorber
ScreenAnarchy
December 28, 2012
Levinson's film proves something pretty unequivocally - any conceit, any style, be it found footage or shakycam or haunted house or whatever, can be great in the hands of a good filmmaker.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
December 11, 2012
Barry Levinson makes the point that when a top flight filmmaker takes on a beaten-to-death genre -- found footage horror -- he or she can raise the bar, even if they don't reinvent the wheel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
November 29, 2012
Faux-doc "TV coverage" device isn't the most convincing.
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
November 22, 2012
The film's intimate approach smartly mixes genre conventions with modern technology, and the script is just plausible enough to generate some real suspense.
Drew McWeeny
HitFix
November 15, 2012
... effective and entertaining and has such a different voice than most horror movies that it should really surprise audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
November 14, 2012
[VIDEO ESSAY] Leave it to master-filmmaker Barry Levinson ("Diner") to show just what is possible with the found-footage horror trope.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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