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  • Summary: A story of a mother's relationship with her son as she struggles desperately to cope with a crisis that threatens to envelop her entire world. In the classical tradition of the American film melodrama, The Deep End explores the depths of familial love, the boundaries of communication, and the quiet lonely beauty of self-sacrifice. (i5 Films) Expand
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  1. Positive: 24 out of 27
  2. Negative: 0 out of 27
  1. 100
    Exquisitely made with a mesmerizing sense of style, it shows the wonderful things that can happen when traditional material is both handled with care and adroitly updated.
  2. 90
    An exciting, sharply realized melodramatic film noir, based on Elizabeth Sanxay Holding's novel "The Blank Wall."
  3. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    90
    Elegantly made, romantically doomy, curiously affecting movie.
  4. 80
    Springs surprises that entertain and provoke.
  5. 75
    Swinton single-handedly carries The Deep End past its nagging ambiguities.
  6. The resulting film is nobly ridiculous and ridiculously noble, doing everything in its power to subvert the dross it's fooling around with.
  7. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    50
    Swinton is good enough to take your mind off the not-too-compelling ambiguities.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 20
  2. Negative: 3 out of 20
  1. M.Carey
    Aug 27, 2001
    9
    I was on the edge of my seat throughout the entire film. It offered not a moment's rest. By the end of the movie, I was breathless. This was one hell of a rollercoaster ride. Tilda Swinton's compelling performance as a young mother who would go to any length to protect her family deserves all the critical acclaim she's been receiving, and her malevolent blackmailer, Goron Visnjic, who is transformed into a compassionate and selfless human being -- bad boys always fall for pretty damsels in distress, don't they? -- is both sexy and charismatic. Everyone I know who has seen this film loved it, which is why I went to see it. I'm glad I did. Film Noir is back, baby -- this time in color -- and it's as dark, consuming, and menacing as ever. Expand
  2. JohnB.
    Feb 7, 2007
    8
    Should have had more of a gay subplot. Too stereotypical homophobic.
  3. Mar 13, 2012
    8
    The enchanting opening score and a dominant blue hue eases its way of a concealed familial drama with a murder case, a blackmail and an in-the-closet gay son. Out of expectation, a lesser impact on the gay culture, the film endeavors a strenuous effort to accent on a desperate motherâ Expand
  4. Jul 4, 2011
    7
    A relatively unknown film turns out to be a rather pleasant surprise. A thriller with more than one twists. Tilda Swinton is once again a delight to watch. Collapse

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