Open Water Synopsis
Scuba divers (Blanchard Ryan, Daniel Travis) become stranded in shark-infested waters.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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70

Wall Street Journal

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Open Water, which was made for $130,000 -- and seemingly without special-effects assistance -- proves you don't have to have a big budget...
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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...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Open Water is a stunt, one you either buy into or not.
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Unrealistic, no plot

By xxARC11xx
This is THE worst movie I have EVER seen. Please, do me a favor and save yourself from watching this. It has no plot, and the shark scenes are completely unrealistic....

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By churchm0use
this movie was pretty terrible....

By carlopolicarpio
It's scary at some point, but it will bore you half to death....

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Rated R | For language and some nudity
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says not for kids Intense relationship story isn't for kids.
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