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Undertow Reviews

September 17, 2010
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 26, 2009
A deep-fried piece of Southern Gothic that wears its unpleasantness like a merit badge...
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.
March 7, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 17, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 10, 2004
Green's characters often find themselves in raw, unprotected moments, but Undertow also can feel a little too mesmerized by its own junkyard visions.
Read More | Original Score: C
December 9, 2004
The film's first half is hypnotically watchable.
Read More | Original Score: B-
November 19, 2004
Green is all surface and no depth in his effort to channel the late novelist William Faulkner.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
November 11, 2004
There's certainly nothing wrong with trying to make a movie visually pleasing, but it shouldn't come until after there's a good plot and intriguing characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 5, 2004
From its opening lines and first enigmatic image, everything about Undertow is both dreamlike and real, artfully elusive and matter-of-fact.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 5, 2004
A satisfying, bewitching gumbo.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 5, 2004
Undertow, which is well worth seeing for the performances by Bell and Lucas, is obviously a transitional film, but where Green wants to go remains unclear.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 4, 2004
A taut piece of Southern Gothic from Richardson native David Gordon Green.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 4, 2004
One non-threatening Undertow.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
October 30, 2004
Hamstrung by a feeling that its director was striving for oddity, purely for oddity's sake.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 30, 2004
Those going to Undertow expecting a thriller will find the proceedings slow going. However, those who are seduced by the characters and the setting will find that the 105 minutes pass quickly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 29, 2004
'Southern Gothic' and 'arthouse' are rarely used to describe the same movie, and Undertow is a prime example of why that is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 29, 2004
Though at times tough going because of its violence and seeming hopelessness, the film has a genuine emotional pull.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 29, 2004
The movie was monkeyed with too much in postproduction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 29, 2004
A thriller in dire need of thrills.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 29, 2004
A thriller that has no interest in thrills.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 29, 2004
The suspense first-rate.
October 29, 2004
Unevenly torn between its would-be poetry and its melodramatic narrative.
October 28, 2004
A small, unsettling thriller.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 26, 2004
Green has an uncanny ability to use his camera to almost sneak up on his subjects in a way that makes us feel we've dropped right into the middle of their lives.
October 22, 2004
There's no arguing the revelation of Bell's performance.
October 22, 2004
Green has a visual style that is beautiful without being pretty. We never catch him photographing anything for its scenic or decorative effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 22, 2004
Undertow conforms to many of the tropes of a formula thriller but, aided by an evocative Philip Glass score and Tim Orr's beautifully naturalistic cinematography, it transcends the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 22, 2004
Bell's performance as a teenager becoming a man in midflight pulls us through this murky, slow-paced affair, but it's a slog.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 21, 2004
A movie that doesn't add up to the sum of its parts, yet some of those parts connect deeply anyway.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
October 21, 2004
Seething with violence, bleeding with lyricism, it's a poem from the junk heap, a cry from the swamp, another night for another hunter.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
October 21, 2004
No amount of still photography, lyrical scene setting or Green's undeniable skill at working with actors can make up for the adolescent, boys'-adventure-story motivations that drive these paper-thin characters to bogus acts of desperation.
October 20, 2004
Green's new film opens with a sequence that's at once visceral and baffling.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
October 19, 2004
It's surprisingly visceral-at times almost thrilling.
October 14, 2004
A real Gothic page-turner in the William Faulkner tradition.
October 6, 2004
The young director David Gordon Green's first film with a conventional plot is a moody gothic thriller drenched in myth and superstition.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 13, 2004
Undertow is the kind of mistake a young and adventurous director will make.