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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. AssumingArriving 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)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 15
  2. Negative: 10 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Sep 2, 2011
    65
    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
    50
    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
    40
    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
    30
    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
    25
    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
    25
    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
    0
    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 25
  2. Negative: 12 out of 25
  1. Sep 5, 2011
    10
    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
    7
    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 mostSHARK 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
    5
    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 youTypical 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 6, 2011
    4
    Yeah, okay, so there are an unbelievable number of different species of shark in this film, most of the popular ones and a few of the lessYeah, okay, so there are an unbelievable number of different species of shark in this film, most of the popular ones and a few of the less popular, but I could still find some enjoyment in this film. As expected, the acting is fair to weak, the story is ridiculous, and the effects could be better. The 3D was okay, though this film in HD is impressive. The film tries too hard to be something that it is not. At least Piranha 3D went all out with the gore, nudity, and an all-star cast. Yet, I still found this one slightly enjoyable for a nice 90 minute distraction. Expand
  5. Mar 14, 2012
    3
    At first I was like , yeah its going okay ! but as soon as the shark started to doing its think soon the movie went to hell & I mean DeepAt first I was like , yeah its going okay ! but as soon as the shark started to doing its think soon the movie went to hell & I mean Deep bloody hell . The movie had the two hostess girl Sara Paxton & Katharine McPhee but didn't help coz of a bad script . Piranha 3D was an awesome movie , it could be too but it was one of the worst shark movie ever ! Writing , Directing , Acting was so bad . Only the shooting location was really awesome but this did help coz without this amazing view I couldn't see the whole movie . Expand
  6. Nov 7, 2012
    2
    I couldn't help but grin when when the shark jumped twenty feet into the air out of the water, snatching a boy from a tree and swimming intoI couldn't help but grin when when the shark jumped twenty feet into the air out of the water, snatching a boy from a tree and swimming into the lake's depths to consume him. Expand
  7. Sep 5, 2011
    0
    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, inThis 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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