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Shark Night isn't fantastic, but it's a good enough time, and it'll never be better than when it's watched with a rowdy crowd in a theater.
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Slant Magazine

By Simon Abrams
It's refreshing to see Shark Night 3D director David R. Ellis try to pull off a semi-sincere second-generation "Jaws" rip-off, even if he doesn't quite succeed.
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Time Out New York

The equivalent of a skin flick in which all the sex scenes are tastefully obscured by blankets and sheets.
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The Hollywood Reporter

The PG-13 film is heavy on scenes of cloudy blood in the water but almost entirely lacking shock shots of flesh torn asunder. (And while marketing relies heavily on bikinis, the movie's light on that kind of flesh as well.)
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Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Heartlessness, stupidity, cynicism, and greed are a demoralizing combination for movie-going. We pay to see a movie that doesn't respect us for being there at all.
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Orlando Sentinel

By Roger Moore
The worst movie of the summer, arriving on the last weekend of the summer.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Adam Markovitz
A ho-hum series of kills and lulls so predictable that it doesn't even look like much fun for the sharks; when they open wide, they might as well be yawning.
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Boxoffice Magazine

A thoroughly shabby attempt to piggyback on the success of last year's "Piranha 3D," Shark Night 3D embraces convention with a voraciousness matched only by its predictability, amateurishness and all-around tameness.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
The one crime a B-movie should never commit is boring its audience. By even these low standards, Shark Night 3D is dead in the water.
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Austin Chronicle

By Kimberley Jones
About as humorless – and joyless – as they come.
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22 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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