The Bay Reviews

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March 1, 2013
Seeking to merge the conventions of found-footage horror with targeted social commentary, the film does its job with some skill ...
February 28, 2013
Effective but hollow, The Bay is a minor work from a director lost at sea.
February 26, 2013
More coherent and thought-provoking than most 'found-footage' horror movies, this should appeal to genre fans and eco-activists alike.
November 8, 2012
Although there are some scary moments here, and a lot of gruesome ones, this isn't a horror film so much as a faux eco-documentary.
November 2, 2012
[Levinson] demonstrates he can make a shakycam found-footage horror movie every bit as fake-looking, clumsy and unscary as your average college student working on a $200 budget.
November 2, 2012
A ripped-from-the-headlines psychological chiller that burrows under the skin with its terrifyingly local twist.
August 5, 2019
A rare example of successful eco-horror, this mock documentary, though straightforward, uses a simple narrative structure to chilling effect.
June 29, 2019
Like Jaws did back in the 70s, The Bay will definitely have people feeling a little hesitant to go into the water any time soon.
May 3, 2019
The Bay is a remarkably poignant bit of horror cinema that capitalises on the found footage sub-genre to make its story real and visceral.
February 28, 2019
A lack of heed to the viewer's interaction with the story is what lets it down, which is ironic for what could be interpreted as a nod to the advance of transmedia storytelling.
February 9, 2019
With The Bay, Levinson has made a hypothetical work of citizen journalism about the extremist outcome of environmental neglect.
January 31, 2019
Its matter-of-fact tone, juxtaposed with its eerie, plausible subject matter, should prove compelling viewing for those in the mood to watch it.
August 30, 2018
A watchable gross-out fest, sure to make you think twice the next time you go fishing, or even drink water.
May 23, 2018
The issues are timely, the pacing is snappy, and the grossout scenes are duly gross. But The Bay still feels like a passionless, paint-by-numbers tale.
February 22, 2018
The most interesting thing about it is the way it tells a story in a style that constantly tries to impress us with its realism but seems thoroughly artificial, from the special effects to the use of music.
June 15, 2016
With masterful and all-too-prophetic storytelling throughout, The Bay could be what Judgment Day will really look like.
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.
May 22, 2013
If you like found-footage films, The Bay is a find - one of the stronger examples of the genre.
April 10, 2013
As an exercise in lo-fi shivers it's fitfully compelling, but the plot runs out long before the credits and its characters are ultimately so much scare-bait.
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.
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