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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In the taut thriller The Shallows, when Nancy (Blake Lively) is surfing on a secluded beach, she finds herself on the feeding ground of a great white shark. Though she is stranded only 200 yards from shore, survival proves to be the ultimate test of wills, requiring all of Nancy's ingenuity, resourcefulness, and fortitude.

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Critic Reviews for The Shallows

All Critics (214) | Top Critics (37) | Fresh (169) | Rotten (45)

  • 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…
  • 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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  • Lively's melodramatic power remains untapped.

    July 5, 2016 | Full Review…
  • The Shallows is almost a good movie.

    June 26, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • You're gonna need a bigger Blake (and you're going to get one) in Lively's enjoyably trashy shark-survival movie, the definition of summer fun.

    June 24, 2016 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A splash of fresh seawater in the face of a rather dismal summer movie season. It's very cheesy, which is how escapist summer cinema should be, and part of its charm is that it's not self-reflective enough to be aware of its own cheesiness.

    June 24, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Shallows

  • 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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  • Dec 26, 2016
    The film was a great surprise until the final third, the creators turned down a road of self discovery which annoyed me. The cat and mouse game was pulsating and any time a hand or foot was in the water it had me hiding behind my hands. The final third felt too comfortable and bordered on the line of being too far fetched. The film deserved a better ending and one that didn't sugar coat for the mainstream audience. Great central performance covers the film and the one set location was brilliantly used. Great for a watch but a shark film that is by the numbers and won't hold for rewatching, which is a shame.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer

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