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In the dark silence of the sea during World War II, the submarine U.S.S. Tiger Shark prowls on what should be a routine rescue mission. But for the shell-shocked crew, trapped together in the sub's narrow corridors and constricted spaces, this is about to become a journey into the sensory delusions, mental deceptions and runaway fear that lurk just below the surface of the ocean.

Actors: Matthew Davis , Bruce Greenwood , Olivia Williams , Zach Galifianakis , Scott Foley , Holt McCallany , Nick Chinlund , Jason Flemyng , Andrew Howard , Christopher Fairbank , Dexter Fletcher
Directors: David Twohy
Country: USA
Release: 2002-10-18
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  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    In the handsome, haunting submarine thriller Below, the usual perils of deep-sea maneuvers are heightened by psychic unraveling.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Dan Fienberg

    Twohy moves effortlessly between conventions of the sub and horror genres, with long tracking shots and masterful sound design, shock cuts and mismatched mirrors and reflections.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Robert K. Elder

    Twohy pulls all the strings to create an inventive genre piece.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    As ghost stories go, this one is handled with great subtlety and delicacy.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Luke Y. Thompson

    Twohy's a good yarn-spinner, and ultimately the story compels.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Has a slamming first hour. As Ian Wilson's camera darts over Charles Lee's spookily atmospheric sets, enigmas sprout like mushrooms.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    An ingenious hybrid of submarine movie and ghost story. And there's a wee bit of "Macbeth" in there too.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    Until the ghost story takes over this is a tense and absorbing war picture.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    A movie where the story, like the sub, sometimes seems to be running blind. In its best moments it can evoke fear, and it does a good job of evoking the claustrophobic terror of a little World War II boat.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Janice Page

    With more character development this might have been an eerie thriller; with better payoffs, it could have been a thinking man's monster movie.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Justine Elias

    Though the genre collisions (horror/WWII submarine/undersea Macbeth) are as jarring as the sound design, the cumulative effect is one of claustrophobic creepiness.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Dave Kehr

    Has the bad luck to come on the heels of Kathryn Bigelow's beautifully made and politically impassioned "K-19," making this submarine picture -- a relatively modest, low-budget affair -- seem skimpy by comparison.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Jami Bernard

    The story offers an interesting twist, but the only really spooky part is when a Benny Goodman record insists on playing without human aid. More scares, please.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    A substandard attempt to outfit a World War II submarine with every haunted-house cliché known to man and filmmakers.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Edward Guthmann

    The dialogue, heavy on sarcasm and puncturing insults, never captures the World War II period but sounds ridiculously anachronistic.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    Situations don't come much more claustrophobic, and if the payoff doesn't quite live up to the build-up, the film is still an enjoyable exercise in claustrophobic suspense.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Nathan Rabin

    Twohy and co-screenwriters Darren Aronofsky and Lucas Sussman don't show their hand until late in the film, but by that time, Below has grown slack and silly.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    This hokey thriller reps what one can only hope will be a one-of-a-kind hybrid between a World War II actioner and a ghost story outfitted with innumerable false-alarm shock cuts and shot with enough colored lights and filters to delight Baz Luhrmann.

    Variety Full Review
  • Stephen Hunter

    It just never began to work for me, and the sub story behind the ghost story is far more interesting than the ghost story in front of the sub story.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • William Arnold

    An excruciatingly awful thriller.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
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