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What Lies Beneath (2000)



Critic Consensus: Robert Zemeckis is unable to salvage an uncompelling and unoriginal film.

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It had been a year since Dr. Norman Spencer betrayed his beautiful wife Claire. But with Claire oblivious to the truth and the affair over, Norman's life and marriage seem perfect--so perfect that when Claire tells him of hearing mysterious voices and seeing a young woman's wraithlike image in their home, he dismisses her mounting terror as delusion. However, as Claire moves closer to the truth, it becomes clear that this apparition will not be dismissed, and has come back for Dr. Norman Spencer... and his beautiful wife.

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Michelle Pfeiffer
as Claire Spencer
Harrison Ford
as Dr. Norman Spencer
Joe Morton
as Dr. Drayton
Mitch Carter
as Loop Group
Sloane Shelton
as Mrs. Templeton
Moosie Drier
as Loop Group
Micole Mercurio
as Mrs. Frank
Donna Lynn Leavy
as Loop Group
Dennison Samaroo
as PhD Student No. 1
Jennifer Tung
as PhD Student No. 2
Edie Mirman
as Loop Group
Rachel Singer
as PhD Student No. 3
Daniel Zelman
as PhD Student No. 4
Donald Taylor
as Male EMT Worker
Iake Eissinmann
as Loop Group
David Cowgill
as Loop Group
Newell Alexander
as Loop Group
Claudette Wells
as Loop Group
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Critic Reviews for What Lies Beneath

All Critics (125) | Top Critics (30)

Feels more planned than passionate.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

This process comes to feel laborious rather than involving.

January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Before long, the movie begins to feel like a sleep deprivation trial.

January 1, 2000
Village Voice
Top Critic

But Beneath never reaches much beyond the surface, and what lies there is all too predictable.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
Top Critic

It's not spooky or stylish enough to become a must-see for the goodtimes-hungry summer masses.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
Top Critic

What Lies Beneath is a big tease.

January 1, 2000
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for What Lies Beneath


Man this movie dragged for me. I could not stay interested long enough to be interested in the story.

Red Lats
Red Lats

Super Reviewer

In this no-bones-about-it homage to Hitchcock, Director Robert Zemekis adds a touch of the supernatural to the Master's usual game of confusing possibilities as a empty nesting mom starts to hear strange ("what's that? is anybody there?") noises in the house. The leads are wholesome and warm ... until the twist at the end. Count the references to Hitchcock hallmarks!

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

What Lies Beneath has an interesting concept with a good cast. Director Robert Zemeckis crafts a good ghost story here, and manages to keep the thrills and chills fresh as the film progresses. What Lies Beneath is good horror film with a good cast. Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer are good here, and the story is entertaining, chilling and scary. What Lies Beneath was very entertaining, and it kept me on the edge of my seat quite a few times. The cast do a fine job, and the story is quite interesting. I very much enjoyed this film Harrison Ford is pretty good in this, and though he doesn't deliver any memorable performances such was the case of Han Solo, and Indiana Jones, he still is able to pull through with a good enough performance to keep you interested in the overall film. What Lies Beneath has a good story that is very engaging. What Lies Beneath is a flawed film, but it manages good scares and does keep you on the edge of your seat. The cast are very good here, and considering that Harrison Ford is a so-so actor nowadays, he does deliver here. Robert Zemeckis has a good directorial style and he sets a good tone and atmosphere for the film, key elements for a good horror yarn. What lies Beneath is a good, creepy film that has a good cast and an interesting story that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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