The Drowning Reviews

June 5, 2017
The performances help to create some tension if you can buy the outlandish premise, although the character motives remain cloudy and the contrived third-act twists keep the payoff at a frustrating emotional distance.
May 18, 2017
The whole affair is a head-scratcher of bloody-scalp proportions.
May 17, 2017
The movie is a prime specimen of "the paranoid style."
May 12, 2017
The Drowning is a film of small, visceral pleasures-its ambiguity is absolutely delicious-but most of its weight rests on Charles.
May 11, 2017
Gordon is not out of her depth. She knows exactly that she's doing. Working with a story that could easily have become confused, she delivers something powerful.
May 11, 2017
Despite the wildly uneven plotting, Gordon's atmospheric direction in coastal New London propels the drama, as does her sensitivity to what remains unspoken between people.
May 11, 2017
The deeper Tom wades into this psychological morass, the more Danny's volatile behavior seems dictated by the screenwriters' convenience rather than by any plausible depiction of a tortured mind.
May 10, 2017
Josh Charles and Julia Stiles star in a stiff psychological thriller beset by serious lapses in logic.
May 10, 2017
An obnoxious story about revenge and self-destruction that throws together a bunch of hackneyed observations about humanity.
May 10, 2017
tackles the weighty themes of voyeurism, altruism, and self-preservation artfully and inventively, subverting clichs and taking the genre in a refreshing direction
May 10, 2017
The film's biggest surprise may come when the credits roll to reveal that this almost perfectly bland, low-intensity mystery is directed by New York indie scene veteran Bette Gordon.
May 9, 2017
Distinguishes itself by applying a depth of psychological observation that yields a genuinely unsettling vision.
May 9, 2017
If there's anything worth mulling over about The Drowning, it's the way it proffers the East Coast couple as an inevitably miserable institution without really meaning to.
May 6, 2017
Melodramatic, but moody and "Victorious" alum Avan Jogia is just menacing enough to make this thriller work