90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Charlotte Rampling is the best reason, though far from the only one, to see Swimming Pool, a mesmerizing mystery, plus a wonderfully sensuous fantasy.
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83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The narrative logic of Swimming Pool slips through our hands like cool water, shimmery and light-dappled, leaving behind the pleasures of summer heat and goose bumps.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
Ultimately, Swimming Pool belongs to Ozon, and while incorporating a carefully measured, quietly menacing style that summons up vintage Hitchcock and Chabrol, he has made it unmistakably -- and entertainingly -- his very own.
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Very much a genre picture, relying on notions of suspense, surprise, and comeuppance. Indeed, at the center of this movie is a question of whether what we're seeing is really to be believed.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
But the ending, at once ambiguous and obvious, is a letdown -- a frustratingly literal-minded, or literary-minded, conceit.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
Whether the movie leaves you confused or angry, you will be stimulated to long discussion afterward. How often does that happen these days?
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

Clever and unhurried mystery.
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75

USA Today

By Mike Clark
With a little sex, some mystery, a little sex, an appealing title and a little sex, France's Swimming Pool has what it takes to become an art house audience magnet, especially amid the heat of summer.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
After it is over, you will want to go back and think things through again, and I can help you by suggesting there is one, and only one, interpretation that resolves all of the difficulties, but if I told you, you would have to kill me.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
It's Sagnier, a young Bardot, who lifts the movie, and Rampling, 58, who gives it nuance, not to mention a nude scene that shows off a body Demi Moore would envy. These two make it seductive fun to be fooled.
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70 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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