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Based on 38 Reviews
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  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The ending -- a more devastating surprise than "The Village" could manage -- caps eighty sweat-job minutes of imaginative, jolting suspense. show more

  • 100
    Carla Meyer San Francisco Chronicle

    The nagging desire to help these people underscores the involvement of the audience in this superbly told story. You can almost taste the saltwater, and the fear. show more

  • 75
    Mike Clark USA Today

    There's more terror than entertainment here, though. I've seen a lot of movies in my life I couldn't wait to see end; this may be the first good one. show more

  • 70
    Wall Street Journal

    Open Water, which was made for $130,000 -- and seemingly without special-effects assistance -- proves you don't have to have a big budget to have an audience on the edge of its seat. show more

  • 100
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Without doubt one of the scariest, creepiest, gut-churningly unsettling pictures to come along in ages. show more

  • 63
    Jami Bernard New York Daily News

    The actors are unknowns, but Ryan does a lot with her little downturned mouth. There are as many shades of anxiety as there are shades of blue in the sea, and Ryan manages to find them all. show more

  • 70
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    Could develop a cult following. But it is hard to envision repeat viewings or any great number of people willing, even vicariously, to undergo the couple's ordeal. show more

  • 100
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Worth a dozen "Blair Witch Projects," with much more harrowing psychology and pithy dialogue. It's a bone-chilling plunge into no-holds-barred storytelling. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Rarely, but sometimes, a movie can have an actual physical effect on you. It gets under your defenses and sidesteps the "it's only a movie" reflex and creates a visceral feeling that might as well be real. Open Water had that effect on me. show more

  • 88
    Aaron Hillis Premiere

    Open Water may not be a pristine or complex suspense thriller, but you'd be hard-pressed to find anything else as terrifyingly potent in such a tiny package. show more

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