The Shallows

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Lean and solidly crafted, The Shallows transcends tired shark-attack tropes with nasty thrills and a powerful performance from Blake Lively.

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Still reeling from the loss of her mother, medical student Nancy Adams (Blake Lively) travels to a secluded beach for some much-needed solace. Despite the danger of surfing alone, Nancy decides to soak up the sun and hit the waves. Suddenly, a great white shark attacks, forcing her to swim to a giant rock for safety. Left injured and stranded 200 yards from shore, the frightened young woman must fight for her life as the deadly predator circles her in its feeding ground.

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Critic Reviews for The Shallows

All Critics (219) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (171) | Rotten (48)

  • About half of what is now going on in all cinema is the product of technological advances in film-making and The Shallows makes much more intelligent use of them than the superheroes do.

    August 14, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The real surprise about The Shallows is that it provides such depth of characterisation.

    August 11, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • If you're looking for a short, sharp hit of sun-soaked adrenaline (and who isn't?), you won't do any better than The Shallows.

    August 11, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Kevin Maher

    Times (UK)
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  • Gulp your doubts and follow the imperilled girl into adversities that turn this summer shark dish, if not into Jaws, then into a twisting, biting, exciting loner-in-crisis drama.

    August 11, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Collet-Serra's rigorous craftsmanship and Lively's muscular-in-every-sense movie-star performance ... ensure every attack and counterattack convulses and grips.

    August 11, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Lively's melodramatic power remains untapped.

    July 5, 2016 | Full Review…

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  • Oct 15, 2020
    A life-lesson that the movie smacks you in the face about: never surf alone.
    Mark B Super Reviewer
  • Jul 30, 2018
    A simple premise of a surfer trying to survive on a tiny reef just outside the bay while being surrounded by a shark only works if you have a likable heroine and a couple of decent ideas up your sleeve. Thankfully, the creators of this film didn't try to drag it out too long but instead deliver a mean, exciting film that makes the best of its limited plot. Some parts seem a bit random but overall it's a fun ride for as long as it lasts.
    Jens S Super Reviewer
  • Jun 03, 2017
    An average shark thriller.
    Film C Super Reviewer
  • Apr 24, 2017
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    Anthony L Super Reviewer

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