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Based on 20 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 5 )
  • 90
    Jeannette Catsoulis NPR

    This astonishingly effective environmental nightmare is based on reasoning that, if you've been following the science, seems all too possible. show more

  • 75
    Washington Post

    A ripped-from-the-headlines psychological chiller that burrows under the skin with its terrifyingly local twist. show more

  • 75
    Rex Reed New York Observer

    Best of all, I applaud the director's triumph of intimate terror over preposterous puppets and noisy computer-generated effects. In The Bay, the mayhem is both fresh and thrilling. show more

  • 63
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Although there are some scary moments here, and a lot of gruesome ones, this isn't a horror film so much as a faux eco-documentary. show more

  • 63
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    The Bay is better than a shallow exercise, but crabby horror fans may have preferred that Levinson took a real plunge. show more

  • 50
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    Lacks the creepy immediacy of even the most misbegotten of the found-footage genre. show more

  • 50
    Slant Magazine

    The Bay is Barry Levinson's most engaged and entertaining movie since "Wag the Dog," which isn't to say that he's given up his irksome predilection for a certain bullish type of liberalism. show more

  • 25
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    The Oscar-winning director of "Rain Man" - whose last film, the abysmal documentary "PoliWood" never went much further than the Tribeca Film Festival - demonstrates he can make a shakycam found-footage horror movie every bit as fake-looking, clumsy and unscary as your average college student working on a $200 budget. show more

  • 100
    The Guardian

    Levinson has always been acutely interested in the minutiae of human behaviour, and it's this concern that makes The Bay the triumph that it is. show more

  • 80
    Joshua Rothkopf Time Out New York

    The Bay, a real creepfest, joins the suggestive company of eco-terror entries like Hitchcock's "The Birds" and 1979's "Prophecy." show more

  • December 14, 2013 tq00000000175613
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    Not a fan of \"found footage\" films, but to my surprise; I found I quite enjoyed this movie. Had good dialogue, decent plot progression, and left me wanting more. Well done!

  • July 18, 2013 pf00000000157769
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    I\'m always a little iffy when it comes to \"found footage\" movies but this movie exceeded all my expectations. It\'s probably the first horror film I\'ve really enjoyed in a long time. YOU MUST SEE THIS MOVIE!!!

  • March 29, 2013 xc00000000143518
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    While this movie had the potential to be an interesting horror film, the execution and acting of the characters seemed rather poor. To make things worse, the seemingly \"reporter-styles\" camera angles make it worse. My final verdict: a 2 out of 5.

  • March 25, 2013 jz00000000141779
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    This was so much better than I had originally thought it was going to be!! I loved it!

  • March 12, 2013 joelcline
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    If you are reading this, I hope a parasite eats your face off.

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