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The Reef Reviews

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Craig Mathieson
March 17, 2011
The film is good at what it does, goes to plan and concludes in a modest 88 minutes. Yet if that's success, it's also a failing, for it's not particularly memorable or distinctive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
March 17, 2011
Terrible scripting, unconvincing acting, wonky continuity and feeble atmospherics induce an overpowering feeling of tedium that cancels out any potential for true terror.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Sandra Hall
Sydney Morning Herald
March 14, 2011
As for suspense, there isn't much. When the only thing at stake is the size of the body count, suspense becomes the first casualty.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
July 16, 2011
Lacking the compelling drama and survival horror kick of its cousin Open Water, The Reef is brisk and reasonably involving, but pretty middling, too.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Marie-Christine Sourris
Sunday Mail (Australia)
March 15, 2011
Jaws it is not, but it's well worth the hour of suspense to see which one, and only one, will survive.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Heather Wixson
Dread Central
August 10, 2011
Traucki manages to keep the tension running throughout the film's 94-minute runtime even before the shark ever shows up to make dinner out of the cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Beth Wilson
March 14, 2011
There is something fun about being scared by a movie and The Reef offers that sort of safe danger that, for some reason, most of us occasionally crave.
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
March 28, 2011
The Australian tourist industry will hate it but The Reef is an extremely effective watery horror/thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Scott Weinberg
September 5, 2011
Considering what most low-budget shark flicks look like, The Reef is a welcome sight indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
March 21, 2011
The Reef is that rarest of treats: an "animal attack" thriller that is as dramatic as it is horrific.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Anton Bitel
Little White Lies
January 20, 2011
The tropes of survival (or otherwise) in a watery wilderness may be familiar from Open Water, Adrift and even Andrew Traucki's own crocodile-themed debut Black Water - but when directed as thrillingly as this, these tropes prove all too easy to swallow.
Erin Free
FILMINK (Australia)
March 14, 2011
Taut, suspenseful and finely acted, this delivers both thrills and strong characterisation.
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
March 12, 2011
Here's a terrific genre movie splashed liberally with tension, scares and just enough humour
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
March 12, 2011
It's short, sharp and to the point, and the careful, measured use of shark footage is exemplary
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
March 16, 2011
Fortunately, the lengthy scenes in which the four frightened swimmers are menaced by a white pointer are chillingly well handled -- not since Jaws 35 years ago has the horror of this sort of situation been as well captured on film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
March 17, 2011
Once that journey happens it is tremendously effective and, honestly, it's like you want to get out of that cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
March 23, 2011
For most of the time, Traucki manages the horror well, with the menace inferred. Particularly spine-chilling is the scene in which Walshe-Howling is exploring the air pocket in the upturned boat. Sound tells the story.
Glenn Lovell
July 18, 2011
... squirm-worthy survival adventure ... Go ahead, take the plunge. 'The Reef' is an authentic nail-biter (toe-nibbler?) that lives up to its fun come-on: 'Pray that you drown first.'
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
May 28, 2013
...the film's final stretch is unexpectedly engrossing...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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