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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
Top Critic
David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle
September 17, 2010
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A tense and entertaining murder thriller about redemption and greed...
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
Top Critic
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
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
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
January 15, 2005
A portrait of the rural South that engages all five senses
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
Top Critic
Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
December 9, 2004
The film's first half is hypnotically watchable.
| Original Score: B-
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
December 3, 2004
Despite the relatively straightforward plotting, Undertow never feels conventional.
Kimberley Jones
Austin Chronicle
November 14, 2004
Did I fall in love with Undertow? Not in the least. But I liked it alright, and amidst the mediocrity, even rot, that constitutes 98% of contemporary American movies, that'll do fine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
November 12, 2004
Gorgeous cinematography, a great Glass score and convincing young actors, but it doesn't really add up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
November 12, 2004
A crackling good, low-down noir thriller.
| Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 11, 2004
Movies can either choose to fulfill or dash our expectations, and Undertow does both.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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