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.
November 1, 2012
Like a "Blair Witch Project" for thinking adults, one that's scary in two distinct ways.
November 1, 2012
The story becomes more ridiculous as it escalates, the film's over-determined ecological focus undermining any real horror movie tension.
November 1, 2012
"The Bay" is better than a shallow exercise, but crabby horror fans may have preferred that Levinson took a real plunge.
November 1, 2012
It's schlock with honor, schlock with a conscience, schlock that speaks to the way we live now.
November 1, 2012
There is a lot of nasty stuff to look at, but very little that is genuinely haunting, jolting or terrifying.
November 1, 2012
For Halloween-week fare you could do a lot worse, but "The Bay" fades quickly - like blood in the water.
November 1, 2012
A straightforward whatdunnit and a passionate slap in the face for a spineless EPA.
November 1, 2012
The movie might have a point (hey, Environmental Protection Agency, do something!), but it has no dramatic structure or sense of suspense.
November 1, 2012
One hell of a creepy little eco-horror pic.
November 1, 2012
You have to distance yourself from the spot-on simulation of kitsch in order admire it, and that process precludes engagement with it as drama.
November 1, 2012
Levinson knows his way around a story, and "The Bay" benefits greatly from that, coming together as something more than a high-tech parlor trick.
November 1, 2012
Sometimes Levinson goes with a less-is-more approach, sometimes he pours on the buckets of blood, but he definitely is digging the creepiness.
October 31, 2012
A gruesome but uninspired environmental-disaster thriller that's an unconvincing example of the overexposed faux-found-footage horror subgenre.
October 31, 2012
Barry Levinson gives folks another reason to stay out of the water in this queasy biological catastrophe thriller.
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