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The Shallows

7/10
Horror . Drama . Thriller
 

An injured surfer stranded on a buoy needs to get back to shore, but the great white shark stalking her might have other ideas.

 
Actors: Sedona Legge , Brett Cullen , Óscar Jaenada , Blake Lively , Janelle Bailey , Chelsea Moody , Angelo Jose , Lozano Corzo
Directors: Jaume Collet-Serra
Country: USA
Release: 2016-06-24
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  • Brian Roan

    After a summer glutted with films pushing punishing, redundant set pieces on grand scales, we finally have a film that is patient, atmospheric, and that delights in delivering escalating thrills of a smaller but more valuable variety.

    The Film Stage Full Review
  • David Ehrlich

    Collet-Serra ensures that we feel the risk of every stroke between his heroine and her safety. The action is visceral and immediate, but crucially contextualized by a helpful array of wide shots and bird’s-eye views.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    Add to the list of actors who, beautifully and boldly, go it alone in their own survival movies the name Blake Lively. Do it without laughing, because she’s the shark here: Even though The Shallows, a tremendously entertaining bit of fluff, pits her against a computer-generated great white, the poor creature never stands a chance.

    Time Out New York Full Review
  • Jordan Hoffman

    What could have been mere summertime chum is actually one of the more cleverly constructed B-movies in quite some time.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

    This is an immensely entertaining millennial B-Movie, made for summertime viewing.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    An efficiently preposterous thriller.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    Lively is superb here, giving one of those hyper-focused, action-lead performances that's as much an athletic feat as an aesthetic one.

    RogerEbert.com Full Review
  • Carson Lund

    What makes the film churn so forcefully for so long is Jaume Collet-Serra's visual acrobatics.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    On its own unpretentious, unapologetically pleasure-seeking terms, “The Shallows” has enough to recommend it — not least the fact that you could watch it twice in roughly the same amount of time it would take to watch “The Revenant,” and with little appreciable loss in adrenaline or poetry.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Alonso Duralde

    The movie is not going to make anyone forget “Jaws,” but it delivers the kind of breathless tension that justifies its existence.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Matt Singer

    Surrounded by so many bloated, unsatisfying movies, The Shallows is as refreshing as a quick dip on a hot summer day — preferably in a pool, not the ocean. They tend to be safer and less shark-infested.

    ScreenCrush Full Review
  • Josh Kupecki

    It’s a nice bit of close-quarters cinema, offering some jolts and scares before the obligatory WTF ending.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    The Shallows could have been a really fun B-movie. And in a lot of ways, it is. There’s no denying that it has some great jump-scares and scratches a certain summer itch we all get this time of year. Too bad it’s a bit too watered down.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    The film’s problem is that, after chronicling Nancy’s nightmarish 12 hours on a tiny rock island, director Jaume Collet-Serra and screenwriter Anthony Jaswinski don’t know how to end things. Their choice of a resolution is preposterous and underwhelming.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Katie Walsh

    It’s cheesy, but director Jaume Collet-Serra knows his genre thrills and builds layers of suspense and dread, along with some hypnotically beautiful aerial ocean shots.

    The Seattle Times Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    While this nailbiter sure as hell ain't swimming in the same classic waters as "Jaws," it gets the jolting job done.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    Is The Shallows a thriller for the ages? No, but it’s decent popcorn fare. It’s about as deep as the titular lagoon on which it’s set, but the breakers promise a short and heart-pounding ride, with no wipeout.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Tom Russo

    If there’s one popcorn movie so far this summer that actually makes us fear for — and care for — its protagonist, this is it.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Things get into the area of “Oh come on” before they’re done. But The Shallows never tries to pass itself off as deep. It’s a straight, simple and primal thriller playing with our darkest deep sea fear — getting eaten.

    Movie Nation Full Review
  • Glenn Kenny

    Mr. Collet-Serra’s busy visual style, which uses a lot of fast-cutting, willy-nilly variations between slow and fast motion, and illogical but vivid point-of-view shots, seems at least somewhat apt under the exhilarating circumstances.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Edward Douglas

    Despite the genre and setting, this is still very much a performance piece, and Lively is more than just a pretty face and bikini bod. She has to do a lot with very little to work with other than a scene-stealing seagull.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

    A fitfully entertaining mix of offscreen gore and Maxim-esque T&A.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Dominick Suzanne-Mayer

    The film’s belief in and commitment to the simplicity of its premise takes it a lot farther than it might otherwise go.

    Consequence of Sound Full Review
  • Peter Hartlaub

    The Shallows is a very earnest woman-versus-shark film. It delivers the requisite thrills, including a surprisingly satisfying resolution. The heroine is capable; and the writers, who trap her on a rock for half the film, find ways to make her situation seem interesting. But the most important parts, the ones involving the shark, don’t feel genuine.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    The climactic battle of wits between human and shark leads to a conclusion that got the audience whooping pretty good. The rest of it's OK.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Tim Grierson

    The Shallows is diverting escapism one wishes could have cut a little deeper.

    Screen International Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    At times, it’s hard to tell whether The Shallows is trying to sell a tropical vacation, that Sony Xperia phone or a fantasy date with Lively herself, but in any case, the film looks virtually indistinguishable from a slick, high-end commercial.

    Variety Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    The Shallows is pretty much a woman stranded on a rock, with a big shark between her and the shore. “We’re gonna need a bigger boat?” “We’re gonna need a smaller bikini,” more like.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    The girl kept talking and strategizing as heavy string music played on the soundtrack. This was doubly weird because: a) it made me feel like the bad guy; and b) life doesn’t normally have a soundtrack. Somehow the bitch got hold of a flare gun. Ever had a flare gun fired into your hide? Unpleasant.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Brad Wheeler

    Will she give up? Or will she fight? Ah, who cares. Sharknado isn’t Shakespeare and The Shallows isn’t deep. School’s out, schlock’s in – no lessons here.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    Shallow is a mild word for it. Others would be silly, miscalculated, unconvincing, artless, pandering, hokey, ridiculous. Or just plain awful.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Robbie Collin

    Collet-Serra’s rigorous craftsmanship and Lively’s muscular-in-every-sense movie-star performance – the film takes Olympic-level pleasure in watching her swimming, leaping, fighting, scrambling, enduring – ensure every attack and counterattack convulses and grips.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Nick de Semlyen

    It’s an energetic survival thriller and terrific showcase for Lively’s chops, but iffy plotting and a sloppy climax detract from the terror.

    Empire Full Review
  • Martyn Conterio

    Displaying an exemplary commitment to knuckle-biting tension, director Serra has made a riveting B-movie.

    CineVue Full Review
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