The Abyss Synopsis
Oil-platform workers, including an estranged couple, and a Navy SEAL make a startling discovery.
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100

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Stupendously exciting and emotionally engulfing... With probing intelligence and passionate feeling, Cameron has raised the adventure film...
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80

Washington Post

By Desson Thomson
Before this voyage plummets into Stevie Spielberg's locker, the human stuff is more than worth the descent.
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75

Chicago Tribune

By Dave Kehr
The Abyss is at its best during such moments of reverie-when the abstract metaphors and the unique physicality of the deep sea setting come...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Both Mastrantonio and Harris are terrific, never missing a beat, always convincing, even when playing the most extreme emotions. [9 Aug...
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75

USA Today

By Mike Clark
If you end up cursing, try not to forget The Abyss' spectacular oil-rig collapse, a killer chase scene, two fine leads, and one...
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75

Entertainment Weekly

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The Abyss ends with a whimper. But it starts out with a bang that lasts for an exciting hour and a half. And that's enough to make it worth...
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70

Variety

A firstrate underwater suspenser with an otherworldly twist, The Abyss suffers from a payoff unworthy of its buildup.
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60

Empire

By Kim Newman
Weirdly, the film’s problem is that it revs up the tension so much that, like one character’s submersible sinking into the high...
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50

TV Guide

It lacks the emotional impact and suspense of its predecessors and is spoiled by a disappointingly inane ending. What ultimately saves the...
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38

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
The Abyss' isn't abysmal, but it's a replay of hits we've already seen - a recycled "close encounters of the wet kind'' with far too few...
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By Phronc
This was a very cool movie... I think that it appealed to both the SciFi viewers and the philosophical viewers. Full of drama....

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Rated PG-13
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