Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 22
  2. Negative: 4 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    Deep Blue Sea gives good rush -- earning its stripes as one terrific junk movie.
  2. 80
    Not everything in the film happens according to the traditional, overly familiar blueprint.
  3. An example of how expert action filmmaking and up-to-the-minute visual effects can transcend a workmanlike script and bring excitement to conventional genre material.
  4. 75
    After slogging through the predictability of countless would-be action thrillers, I admired the sheer professionalism of this one, which doesn't transcend its genre, but at least honors it.
  5. One of the few big-fish horror films that still has the power to surprise.
  6. 75
    It proves capable of doing something that many more artistically ambitious films fail at: entertaining an audience for nearly two hours.
  7. Reviewed by: Ron Wells
    If distinctly uneven CGI, minimal originality and overly convenient plot devices turn you off, this may not be your film.
  8. Imagine a cut-rate "Titanic" stripped of romance and historical resonance and fused with "Jaws," shorn of mythic symbolism and without complex characters, and you have the essence of this live-action horror comic.
  9. This movie's entire raison d'etre (that's French for "shark meat") is to toy creatively with the "rules."
  10. 70
    At once self-conscious and generic, this smart monster movie about smart monsters -- supersharks cleverer than the scientist who created them -- repeatedly lulls you into thinking it's paint by numbers.
  11. Reviewed by: Staff(Not credited)
    How refreshing: a big-budget, F/X-happy action flick that actually appears to be intentionally stupid.
  12. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    Powered by exceptional displays of physical filmmaking, Deep Blue Sea is pulled back to shore by the usual suspects -- weak plotting and weaker dialogue.
  13. You have a movie in which sharks with triple-digit IQs hunt humans with double-digit IQs. It’s no contest.
  14. Reviewed by: Doug Saunders
    One of those stupid movies that are good to relax with.
  15. 50
    The characters are two-dimensional and the story is intensely formulaic.
  16. 50
    A preposterously silly bit of work, chock-full-o' nuts and rife with the kind of plot holes you could drive a submersible ROV through.
  17. 40
    It's every bit as silly as it sounds, sillier really.
  18. One of those hellishly predictable digital-monster gauntlets that makes you pity the actors.
  19. Even overlooking the fundamental inanity of the movie, one is left to contend with some offensive racial stereotyping.
  20. So uninvolving as basic storytelling that it quickly becomes boring.
  21. 20
    The disgraceful script is by Duncan Kennedy, Donna Powers, and Wayne Powers. Directed with occasional flashes of nasty wit by Renny Harlin.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 49 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. Aug 13, 2014
    With this interesting story i was prepared for the best shark movie(since jaws) but the CGI effects were horrible and it was not scary at all.The good point is the performances from Thomas Jane,Samuel.L Jackson and LL cool J Full Review »
  2. Jul 22, 2013
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. The plot is ludicrous and the script terrible but if you are happy to be swept along for the ride Deep Blue Sea offers an hour and a half of mindless B-movie fun. Plus Samuel L Jackson gets eaten by a shark about half-way through as well. Full Review »
  3. Jan 28, 2013
    A pretty decent Jaws wannabe. Some OK performances from Samuel L. Jackson & LL Cool J. Overall: An entertaining popcorn horror, nothing special but OK if you don't take it too seriously and enjoy it for what it is. Full Review »