Undertow

Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Anna Smith
    60
    While the quirky structure could be taken as a bold move, the story still feels frustratingly incomplete, rendering the preceding hour or so a tantalising glimpse at what could have been.
  2. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    50
    A deep-fried piece of Southern Gothic that wears its unpleasantness like a merit badge.
  3. This southern-fried mess of poetic crime-movie cliches is redeemed by standout performances.
  4. Undertow becomes unbearably imitative and predictable. It's a kids-in-peril B horror movie in the guise of an art film.
  5. Despite picturesque episodes and nicely observed characters, the film lacks suspense.
  6. 50
    It's an exercise in 1970s mood. But all the film does is conjure, channel, and allude, until there's really no movie of Green's own for an audience to grab onto.
  7. Loses momentum midway into the boys' journey.
  8. 50
    It's no go. Green and Gothic make for a clumsy fit.
  9. The naturalistic style of the film is completely at odds with the hokey melodrama.
  10. 40
    Undertow seems to be straining to say something at once tragic and heartwarming about fathers, sons and brothers, but I'm damned if I know what it is.
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 26 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 17
  2. Negative: 4 out of 17
  1. Nov 28, 2014
    7
    Undertow is one of those movies that you don't really know what's going on.Even if the movie is slow and we exactly know who the charactersUndertow is one of those movies that you don't really know what's going on.Even if the movie is slow and we exactly know who the characters are it stays difficult to understand the movie.The outside is beautiful and the actors are good but the little boy is annoying when he eats everything he sees. Full Review »
  2. Aug 19, 2011
    10
    I cannot understand the harsh negative reviews. Yeah, some of the scenes of the "Uncle Deel" could have been better but the movie belongs toI cannot understand the harsh negative reviews. Yeah, some of the scenes of the "Uncle Deel" could have been better but the movie belongs to the boys and I dare anyone not to be deeply touched them. Glass's score fitted like a glove. I was spellbound. Full Review »
  3. Oct 23, 2010
    5
    Not a bad movie by any stretch, and clearly the work of a talented filmmaker, but the pace was sluggish rather than thoughtful and I felt thatNot a bad movie by any stretch, and clearly the work of a talented filmmaker, but the pace was sluggish rather than thoughtful and I felt that at the end I was left more tired than breathless. Undertow may be worth seeing for the visuals, which are breathtaking, but the story and character are too thin. Full Review »