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  • 100
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Stupendously exciting and emotionally engulfing... With probing intelligence and passionate feeling, Cameron has raised the adventure film very close to the level of art. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Both Mastrantonio and Harris are terrific, never missing a beat, always convincing, even when playing the most extreme emotions. [9 Aug 1989, Daily Datebook, p.E1] show more

  • 75
    Mike Clark USA Today

    If you end up cursing, try not to forget The Abyss' spectacular oil-rig collapse, a killer chase scene, two fine leads, and one Oscar-worthy "creature'' special effect midway through. Do forget the rest - unless you really dig Casper, the Friendly Ghost. [9 Aug 1989, Life, p.1D] show more

  • 75
    Dave Kehr Chicago Tribune

    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 together to produce powerful, unvoiced meanings. The film does have its beckoning depths; what it needs is a more polished surface. [9 Aug 1989, Tempo, p.1] show more

  • 38
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    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 ideas of its own. [18 Aug 1989, Arts, p.10] show more

  • 60
    Kim Newman Empire

    Weirdly, the film’s problem is that it revs up the tension so much that, like one character’s submersible sinking into the high pressure of the titular Abyss, it finally bursts. The climax – as Bud descends to defuse the nuke and meet the aliens – just doesn’t work. show more

  • 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 film are its extraordinary sets and phenomenal Oscar-winning visual effects. show more

  • 75
    Entertainment Weekly

    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 taking the plunge. show more

  • 80
    Desson Thomson Washington Post

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

  • 70
    Variety

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

  • July 17, 2011 elephantears846
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    great movie.....held me in suspense and entertained me thru entire lenghth of film..................

  • July 17, 2011 hunterduo
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    A very well thought out screenplay. A very moving drowning scene. The old version had a somewhat confusing ending. The new version adds meaning to the ending. This movie is in the top five of my favorites.

  • July 17, 2011 hugapugor2
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    Great Movie

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