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  • Summary: Sharkwater takes you into the most shark rich waters of the world, exposing the exploitation and corruption surrounding the world's shark populations in the marine reserves of Cocos Island, Costa Rica and the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador. (Sharkwater Productions)
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. This beautiful and urgent eco-doc takes a bite out of the shark mythology made indelible by "Jaws."
  2. Reviewed by: Gianni Truzzi
    83
    It may seem strange to contemplate the possibility that sharks are more victim than vicious. Yet after Stewart makes his case you may find them and their cause, as he does, all-consuming.
  3. Reviewed by: Michael Esposito
    75
    Probably ranks as one of the most frightening shark movies ever---but sharks are the victims.
  4. Reviewed by: David Rooney
    60
    As an eco-political inquiry, the film is compelling even if its grounding in scientific fact could be more solid.
  5. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    60
    Ecological passion meets unquenchable self-aggrandizement in the beautifully filmed deep-blue-alert documentary Sharkwater.
  6. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    60
    Mr. Stewart dilutes the movie’s urgency by framing the subject within a “personal journey” format and selling himself as a hunky, sensitive martyr.
  7. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    50
    No matter how much "Jaws"-hugging zeal he brings to the deck, Stewart has made a vain polemic that never addresses the finning industry's deep-seated cultural significance in Asia (where, rightly or wrongly, shark soup is a symbol of economic prestige), nor elaborates on how the disrupted ecosystem affects us humans.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Oct 6, 2010
    10
    Watched this movie several times now, and it still makes me cry every time. And of course Stewart's gonna focus on himself, it's a movie! He's the hero, we have to like him so we'll like his ideas. As far as documentaries go, this is a masterpiece. It's perfectly persuasive and controlled. There's no ranting or whinging and the feeling of desperation is clearly communicated Expand
  2. KamalB
    Aug 15, 2008
    10
    Its a shame that we human beings have affected our planet so much that we are so close to our own extinction. This film is a great service and an honest effort to bring to light the issue which need more serious effort from nations and policy makers to take concrete steps to save such amazing, beautiful and I would say perfect creatures. Very moving Film. Perfect 10. Expand
  3. BrentS.
    Mar 27, 2008
    10
    Check you math = it does not average out to 59 the movie needs to be seen by anyone who cars about our oceans!
  4. MK
    Aug 30, 2009
    10
    While the last scene is gratuitous and narcissistic, this film truly made me cry. The graphic portrayal of the shark fin industry and the necessity to protect these amazing creatures make this film a must-see for anyone who cares even remotely about preserving marine ecosystems. Expand
  5. LKM.
    Nov 5, 2007
    9
    This is an important and poetic film with a beauty and deep spiritual connection to it's topic.
  6. JR
    Jun 17, 2009
    4
    Where's the science? Stewart claims to be a marine biologist, then sinks into the most ham-fisted, heavy handed argument imaginable. Luckily I am convinced of that argument, but no thanks to this guy, who offers no insight, no answers, and in the end, succeeds only at reminding us how much we humans suck. How helpful is that? Sharks need a better friend I'm afraid. Expand
  7. Mike
    Jun 2, 2008
    0
    A bore of a documentary, which goes from one topic to another, yet none are interesting.

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