100

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Without doubt one of the scariest, creepiest, gut-churningly unsettling pictures to come along in ages.
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100

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
Worth a dozen "Blair Witch Projects," with much more harrowing psychology and pithy dialogue. It's a bone-chilling plunge into no-holds-barred storytelling.
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100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Carla Meyer
The nagging desire to help these people underscores the involvement of the audience in this superbly told story. You can almost taste the saltwater, and the fear.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
In spirit, Open Water reduces us to children peering through our fingers, waiting for the horrid deliverance we're not quite sure we want to see.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The ending -- a more devastating surprise than "The Village" could manage -- caps eighty sweat-job minutes of imaginative, jolting suspense.
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75

USA Today

By Mike Clark
There's more terror than entertainment here, though. I've seen a lot of movies in my life I couldn't wait to see end; this may be the first good one.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Could develop a cult following. But it is hard to envision repeat viewings or any great number of people willing, even vicariously, to undergo the couple's ordeal.
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70

Wall Street Journal

Open Water, which was made for $130,000 -- and seemingly without special-effects assistance -- proves you don't have to have a big budget to have an audience on the edge of its seat.
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63

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
The actors are unknowns, but Ryan does a lot with her little downturned mouth. There are as many shades of anxiety as there are shades of blue in the sea, and Ryan manages to find them all.
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Open Water is a stunt, one you either buy into or not.
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63 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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