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6.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 40 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 40
  2. Negative: 7 out of 40

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  1. May 11, 2014
    3
    The mockumentary is definitely the kind of movie more risky to turn, this is because, since the low-budget film, must contain within them the ideas and above all they must be able to entertain with little. Sometimes, in fact, are produced movie brilliant and interesting (an example would be "The Blair Witch Project"), sometimes authentic cinematic abortions as the aforementioned "The bay". Eighty endless minutes of events that happen at random, without a logical thread, but especially with such a mess that makes you a headache.
    Obviously, the film critic has expressed a positive opinion on the movie, because you know that it is no longer the actual product to be judged but the high-sounding name of the artist who produces it, but you do not need to be critical to understand that "The Bay" is probably one of the worst films in the history of cinema.
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  2. Oct 5, 2013
    2
    This movie was interesting in the beginning, but the level of interest stayed about the same. It wasn't scary, just full of nasty scenes.The narrator tells you who`s going to die before they die, she makes you feel like you`re watching the movie with some big mouth who saw it before. Also I get that it`s a Horror movie so the ending can`t be positive, but when the movie finished it felt incomplete. Expand
  3. Sep 16, 2013
    0
    Without a doubt one of the worst horror films I have ever seen. Not only is this whole found footage thing so played out but it was so poorly done in this film that it was flat out laughable. And let's not forget that the acting was incredibly weak and it wasn't even scary! This is the kind of trash you expect from a straight to video release and not from a film that was released in theaters.
  4. Mar 13, 2013
    3
    The Bay carries on from where Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity left. Unfortunately it doesn't add anything new to the "lost footage"- horror genre that is already beaten to death. Characters lack depth, acting is mediocre at best, the story is inconsistent and offers nothing further to keep it interesting.
  5. Feb 15, 2013
    1
    this film gives you no characters to invest in, leaving you no reason to care about the infection or the town and its inhabitants. this is recycled material, produced poorly. shame, was looking forward to it
  6. Dec 19, 2012
    3
    This movie, like most found footage films these days, has its highs and its lows. Mostly lows. It documents a parasitic outbreak in a small town. The course of the outbreak is captured and the movie tracks several characters throughout the day. And that's it. Although the parasites are suitably disgusting and some of the scenes are quite tense, it's just not enough to carry a movie. There are no "wow" moments to really speak of. No real sense of creativity. And there is absolutely no payoff. The movie just sort of ends without any kind of resolution or finality. And to top it off, the one thing that I absolutely hated was the narrator. The girl who is supposed to guide the viewers through this traumatic event is about as lifeless as tree bark. Her monotone voice drones on and on and what's worse, she completely spoils any surprise. You see characters on screen then you hear her say "oh by the way, this person died later". Wow, way to build suspense. I say skip this one unless you're really bored and have an hour and a half to kill. Expand
Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 20
  2. Negative: 1 out of 20
  1. Reviewed by: Matt Glasby
    Feb 16, 2013
    60
    All prologue and no pay-off, but compelling all the same, this curio plays out like Diary Of The Dead with more diaries and fewer dead.
  2. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Nov 7, 2012
    63
    Although there are some scary moments here, and a lot of gruesome ones, this isn't a horror film so much as a faux eco-documentary.
  3. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Nov 6, 2012
    70
    It's a small movie but an effective one, using found footage as a means to an end and not as an end in itself. More like it would be a welcome trend.