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Based on 30 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 50
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    It's no go. Green and Gothic make for a clumsy fit. show more

  • 50
    Carla Meyer San Francisco Chronicle

    Loses momentum midway into the boys' journey. show more

  • 75
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Undertow has the plain, stark, disturbing quality that marked the original "Cape Fear" and "In Cold Blood." show more

  • 50
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    Undertow becomes unbearably imitative and predictable. It's a kids-in-peril B horror movie in the guise of an art film. show more

  • 40
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    The naturalistic style of the film is completely at odds with the hokey melodrama. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Green takes us to that place where we keep feelings that we treasure, but are a little afraid of. show more

  • 88
    Michael Wilmington Chicago Tribune

    For anyone who likes classic, offbeat American moviemaking, in the rural-thriller genre from "Moonrise" to "Macon County Jail," Undertow is one to check. Seething with violence, bleeding with lyricism, it's a poem from the junk heap, a cry from the swamp. show more

  • 75
    David Sterritt Christian Science Monitor

    Taking great artistic chances in storytelling and performance style, Green finally fulfills the promise he showed in his fine 2000 drama "George Washington" as a terrific builder of mood, atmosphere, and psychological suspense. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    It's a dreamy Southern gothic, a la "Night of the Hunter," with an emphasis on the dreamy. show more

  • 75
    Megan Lehmann New York Post

    Conforms to many of the tropes of a formula thriller but, aided by an evocative Philip Glass score and Tim Orr's beautifully naturalistic cinematography, it transcends the genre. show more

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