90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
A thriller with a quietly sensational performance by Tilda Swinton.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Remains rooted in the real world, which makes its story all the more satisfying -- and chilling.
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88

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
A perfect example of a small, well-made, and (in its central role) rivetingly acted film.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
It's intense and involving, and it doesn't let us go.
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80

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Springs surprises that entertain and provoke.
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75

Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
Swinton single-handedly carries The Deep End past its nagging ambiguities.
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75

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
An intelligent, extremely well-acted thriller about a mother's endless love for her son.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Wesley Morris
The resulting film is nobly ridiculous and ridiculously noble, doing everything in its power to subvert the dross it's fooling around with.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
Delicious, intelligent thriller.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Displays a promise it doesn't, in the end, live up to. See it for Swinton's embodiment of unadulterated maternal will.
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78 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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