75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
In a movie with more subtext than "Rosemary's Baby," nearly everyone, including Tim Roth as Dahlia's lawyer, harbors secrets. Salles unleashes a torrent of suspense for one purpose: to plumb the violence of the mind.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
This is a quieter, more psychologically dense movie, where the payoff is sometimes no payoff at all - for instance, Tim Roth plays a cut-rate divorce lawyer whose own weirdness (he seems to live out of his car) is never explained.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Most important, I cared about the Jennifer Connelly character; she is not a horror heroine, but an actress playing a mother faced with horror. There is a difference, and because of that difference, Dark Water works.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
A shudder-by-numbers pseudo-J-horror gothic, full of supernatural stunts you feel as if you've seen before the movie even gets to them.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
While his movie lacks the psychological resonance of "Rosemary's Baby" or "The Sixth Sense," it easily equals their creep-out quotient.
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Dark Water has more substance and a more interesting look than many horror films, but the familiar elements of the story disappoint.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
With his stirring visual sense very much intact here, Salles sets the creepy mood eloquently, but the picture -- ultimately fails to reward all the little shivers with any satisfying jolts.
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60

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The new version is out of scale with the basic premise -- too much rain, too much water, too much doom, gloom and intricate eccentricity.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
If only the explanation and resolution of the action were more compelling, Dark Water might have been a thriller of the first order.
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50

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
As the movie is in step with Connelly's aching heroine and not trying to scare our socks off, Dark Water is of a piece with Salles's sensitive filmmaking. Obviously, from a genre standpoint, that presents a tremendous problem. Nobody goes to a horror movie for a good cry.
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52 out of 100
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