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  • Summary: Based on a film by the creators of the Japanese version of the "The Ring" comes this haunting, chilling, film about a young mother who goes to extreme lengths to solve a
    mystery and protect her daughter. (Touchstone Pictures)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 35
  2. Negative: 5 out of 35
  1. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    Salles brings an explorer's eye and breathless curiosity to this fetid milieu, and he gets the most brilliant performances imaginable for this sort of movie.
  2. This is a quieter, more psychologically dense movie, where the payoff is sometimes no payoff at all - for instance, Tim Roth plays a cut-rate divorce lawyer whose own weirdness (he seems to live out of his car) is never explained.
  3. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    Builds dread masterfully, but don't expect solace or "fun." This is not for those who like mysteries neatly resolved.
  4. 60
    Dark Water devolves into something resembling genre schlock, albeit the kind featuring zesty supporting performances from the classy, Oscar-nominated likes of John C. Reilly, Tim Roth, and Pete Postlethwaite.
  5. The end product is so clunky, scattered, and all-around soggy that sometimes you can't help laughing. At least Connelly and Reilly give their all, and Tim Roth is terrific as a weird lawyer.
  6. 50
    This fake-feminist thriller hides its sadism under a show of sympathy for its beleaguered heroine.
  7. 20
    The overall emotion the film generates is one of moist, enervated ennui. Who cares if the apartment is haunted when the best the ghost can do is get things a bit damp and run laps on the floor above?

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 28
  2. Negative: 11 out of 28
  1. Mar 20, 2013
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This is a great movie it wasn't a horror movie but the environment shown in the movie is very thrilling which makes the film interesting to watch. It has lots of emotional attacments that is the relation between a mother and daughter its very touching somehow.... Expand
  2. Jul 10, 2011
    I was hoping for better from this movie especially with the talents of both Connolly and Roth on board but I found the "twist" easy to spot from a mile away and within about fifteen minutes of the movie starting. It didn't ruin the movie but it did detract from the suspense and given that this is what the movie is built on there wasn't much else going on to keep my interest. Expand

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