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  • Summary: Arriving by boat at her family’s Louisiana lake island cabin, Sara and her friends quickly strip down to their swimsuits for a weekend of fun in the sun. But when star football player Malik stumbles from the salt-water lake with his arm torn off, the party mood quickly evaporates. Assuming the injury was caused by a freak wake-boarding accident, the group realizes they have to get Malik to a hospital on the other side of the lake, and fast. But as they set out in a tiny speedboat, the college friends discover the lake has been stocked with hundreds of massive, flesh-eating sharks! As they face one grisly death after another, Sara and the others struggle desperately to fend off the sharks, get help and stay alive long enough to reach the safety of dry land. (Relativity Media)

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 15
  2. Negative: 10 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Sep 2, 2011
    Shark Night isn't fantastic, but it's a good enough time, and it'll never be better than when it's watched with a rowdy crowd in a theater.
  2. Reviewed by: Simon Abrams
    Sep 2, 2011
    It's refreshing to see Shark Night 3D director David R. Ellis try to pull off a semi-sincere second-generation "Jaws" rip-off, even if he doesn't quite succeed.
  3. Reviewed by: Nick Pinkerton
    Sep 3, 2011
    Aspires to nothing more or less than carrying along an audience through a string of unremarkable kills, often involving high-jumping fish.
  4. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    Sep 2, 2011
    Unlike his "Snakes on a Plane," director David R. Ellis' sharks-in-a-lake thriller displays little sense of its scenario's camp potential. Gore, too, is in short supply on account of the pic's PG-13 rating, which renders the attack scenes nearly toothless.
  5. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Sep 3, 2011
    Heartlessness, stupidity, cynicism, and greed are a demoralizing combination for movie-going. We pay to see a movie that doesn't respect us for being there at all.
  6. Reviewed by: Adam Markovitz
    Sep 2, 2011
    A ho-hum series of kills and lulls so predictable that it doesn't even look like much fun for the sharks; when they open wide, they might as well be yawning.
  7. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Sep 2, 2011
    Shark Night 3D barely bothered to show up, let alone deliver the minimal goods.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 24
  2. Negative: 12 out of 24
  1. Sep 5, 2011
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This film was marketed like it was a follow-up to "Piranha 3-D" which was a campy, gory, fun-fest with no pretense to being anything other than a B-Movie. That film worked very hard to be the best B-movie it could be and deliver in spades upon all of the viewer's expectations. This tedious little poop-fest didn't even try. You only have a handful of characters to kill off and a couple of the deaths have no build up, no tension, no suspense, it's just "There he is. Oh look a shark jumps up and gets him -- now back to the 'A' story." This film is just a cynical grab for summer dollars. If you aren't even willing to make a dumb, but mildly entertaining film, why are you in this business at all? The answer is money. The only film worse than this for 2011 is "His Highness" and that's saying something because that film may be the worst major theatrical release I've seen in my entire life. Expand
  2. Sep 27, 2011
    SHARK NIGHT 3D is a film that you should not have high expectations for; If you are going to expect that SHARK NIGHT 3D will be the most terrifying shark film since JAWS, will you be disappointed. But If you go into the film, expecting that it will be a fun, so-bad-it's-good, entertaining film, that's what you are going to get. I thought the film was fun and entertaining. It's the type of film you should see if you are bored and have nothing better to do. Expand
  3. Feb 4, 2012
    Typical shark eats teen movie with a modern twist. If you are going to watch this movie, then you already know that the bar is set low. If you have no expectations, then it will be a fun ride. We all know how it will end! Expand
  4. Sep 12, 2011
    Skip-it - This is not Pirahna 3D! This truly is "a dumb shark movie." This is a neutered PG-13 "horror" film with no gore and zero nudity - in other words, one of the worst films of the year. Expand
  5. Sep 4, 2011
    Are you people serious, this movie is so stupid, I knew it would be bad, but not that bad, like those actors are 0 to me, like go take some acting classes please, and that director should stop trying to make movies. It was a 2, and because the dog survived, kidding. It was just awful to see. And that Shark common you could have done a better job with that. Screenplay was same old same old, bla bla bla teenagers go into a lake house, and there's a bunch of sharks in the lake and they get kill one by one, until one of them kills the shark (oh but this time they had to worry about two freaks). It was stupid. Expand
  6. Sep 30, 2011
    I was actually a fan of Pirannha 3D, so I thought this would be similarly fun while being stupid. Unfortunately, it was all stupid and no fun. Can't believe they made it PG-13, such a cynical ploy that took away any of the gore/nudity that might have helped. Expand
  7. Sep 5, 2011
    This film was shockingly bad and the worst film I have ever experienced. I can't believe someone would even put their name on this film, in fear of complete embarrassment. The storyline was weak and pathetic - Avoid and save your money! Expand

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