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Undertow Reviews

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James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
March 29, 2016
its marriage of conventional thriller dynamics and unexpected visual potency marks it as something both utterly unique and reliably familiar
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
September 7, 2010
a drag-down bore
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A tense and entertaining murder thriller about redemption and greed...
Top Critic
Scott Foundas
March 26, 2009
A deep-fried piece of Southern Gothic that wears its unpleasantness like a merit badge...
February 27, 2009
While it has lulls and sleepy moments, Undertow also full of startling truths and beauties, as well as offering a window into a side of the country that movies rarely bother to look at.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.7/10
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
The actors grapple manfully with the ersatz rural poetry of the dialogue, but Green's pacing is slow and self-indulgent, and the action often departs from recognizable human behavior.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ben Walters
Time Out
August 16, 2007
Green's signature pastoral tangents and codeine pacing don't slow down this tale of two boys fleeing their psychotic uncle so much as inappropriately slacken any of the story's suspenseful aspects.
Don R. Lewis
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Green's most accessible film to date, yet he keeps his directorial style very close to the way it's always been. Slow, patient, revelatory.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Stina Chyn
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Structured like a fairytale and driven like a fast boat down a leafy river, Undertow expertly blends myth and suspense to create a fable with a wicked sense of humor and an appetite for destruction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5

Empire Magazine
June 25, 2005
A poetic, atmospheric drama that's worth seeing despite Green's struggle to blend character drama with more conventional thrills.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
June 21, 2005
It will likely polarize his critics further, causing some to recoil at his welcoming of influences, and others to be thankful for more "Malick-lite."
Jamie Woolley
June 21, 2005
A front-loaded film, sure, but what a front.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
June 18, 2005
Bell is superb as Chris and he completely nails the difficult Southern accent; if you hadn't seen Billy Elliot, you'd swear he was someone Green had picked off the street
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
June 17, 2005
While the first hour promises something very special indeed, the build-up is squandered once the two brothers take flight with not enough sense of danger or urgency to hold your attention.
Tim Appelo
Seattle Weekly
March 9, 2005
Bad in the worst way, yet it trails clouds of glory and authentic stink from a Georgia pigsty. Pretty, a legitimate auteurist statement. And a flop.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
February 24, 2005
While the disparate elements at times seem to be struggling against each other like cats in a sack, an undeniable current of urgency runs through the film.
| Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
January 24, 2005
It plays like nothing more than an exceedingly well-written Friday the 13th sequel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
January 15, 2005
A portrait of the rural South that engages all five senses
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 14, 2005
[Not] a very appealing viewing experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
January 14, 2005
Undertow may throw off viewers expecting a more straightforward thriller. But hang with it, and enjoy the thrill of being drawn into these characters' lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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