Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation | Release Date: August 9, 1989 CRITIC SCORE DISTRIBUTION
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Generally favorable reviews based on 14 Critics
Positive:
7
Mixed:
6
Negative:
1
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But the climax of "Close Encounters" was breathtaking and the climax of The Abyss is downright embarrassing; in the light of day, its payoff effect looks like a glazed ceramic what's-it your 11-year-old made in crafts class. It's criminal. [9 Aug 1989, Calendar, p.6-1]
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Harris and Mastrantonio do have a strong death and resurrection sequence, but long before that, one is pining for a rubber shark or a plastic octopus -- anything, in fact, out of a good old low-tech thriller. [14 Aug 1989, p.79]