Jaws Synopsis
Roy Scheider is a sheriff confronting crowds of sunbathers, self-serving local politicians and - most importantly - a monstrous great white shark over the July Fourth weekend. With Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss.
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By James Berardinelli
The first is the best. When it comes to this kind of thriller, no movie has been able to top Jaws, although many have tried. And, as the...
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It was the complete nightmare that invented the "summer blockbuster", launched the genius on a global scale and delivered an astonishingly...
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Entertainment Weekly

By Ty Burr
Steven Spielberg overcame the lumpy plotting of Peter Benchley's novel to create an efficient, graceful fright machine in Jaws.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
One of the most effective thrillers ever made.
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Robert Shaw [is] absolutely magnificent as a coarse fisherman finally hired to locate the Great White Shark; and Richard Dreyfuss, in...
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TV Guide

From the outrageously frightening opening--in which a beautiful young woman skinny-dipping in the moonlight is devoured by the unseen...
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The New York Times

By Vincent Canby
If you think about Jaws for more than 45 seconds you will recognize it as nonsense, but it's the sort of nonsense that can be a good deal...
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Chicago Tribune

By Gene Siskel
What this movie is about, and where it succeeds best, is the primordial level of fear. The characters, for the most part, and the non-fish...
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Chicago Reader

By Dave Kehr
Steven Spielberg's mechanical thriller is guaranteed to make you scream on schedule (John Williams's score even has the audience reactions...
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The greatest movie of all time...

By senn1234
...was showing at a theater near me for one night only. How could I pass that up! Still scary, still funny, still awesome. What a treat to see this on the big screen for the first time in over thirty...

Jaws Revisited 2012

By ofelix99
Great to see a classic from 1975 on the big screen with a remastered pictured and sound. I saw this when I was 8 and it was nice to bring my 15 year old daughter and 5 year old son for this. They...

One of my top 3 films.

By wherlingdirvish
Jaws is not about a killer shark. Rather, "[Jaws is] really about a guy who is sort of dealing with his place in the world — his masculinity, with his family, how he’s gonna, you know, make it work...

Wunderkind Speilberg Hits the Big Time

By Best Movies by Farr
John Williams's unforgettable score and Spielberg's clever mounting of suspense recall the best of Hitchcock, and Scheider, Dreyfuss and Shaw make up an unlikely but appealing trio of protagonists....

You can go back in time!

By justpar
Enjoyed seeing Jaws on the big screen for the first time since it's 1975 debut. I can still remember the day we all rode our bikes to the theatre downtown to see it and the excitement it...

20 Years Later and JAWS Still Has Bite

By stevepep123
22 years ago JAWS was the first Hollywood blockbuster but doesn't seem dated today. With special effects and wonderfuly suspenseful directing by Steven Spielberg, this movie will creep you so much...

Classic thriller!

By MattAtOrange
One of my favorites of all time. It was released just a couple of months before I was born, so this was the first time I've seen it on the big screen. Its no surprise that this was the very first...

best movie ever

By guitarhero_18
this movie was awesome. and i can not belive i was not scared of it...

JAWS is a Must see

By Dezra
I am 33 and have never seen this film... it has everything... humor, saddness and perfect suspense!!!...

must go

By letsgosteelers

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Rated PG
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Five-star movie could scare the pants off kids.
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