User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 26 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 26
  2. Negative: 5 out of 26
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  1. AntonP.
    May 9, 2005
    3
    If you are going to copy "Night of the Hunter" at least try to do it better.
  2. Greg
    Jun 2, 2005
    4
    Not bad acting by actors portraying creeps. This movie was slow and dour and unengaging.
  3. RyanF.
    Mar 9, 2009
    2
    One of the most inane movies I've seen. Jamie Bell's performance is the only reason it gets any points at all.
  4. dudave
    May 2, 2005
    4
    Green's work doesn't seem to have a coherent vision this time. The scenes that feel improvised mostly work, but the scenes that tell the exposition are dead in the water. Jamie Bell is good, but overall I wouldn't recommend this. Lame ambiguous ending, too. See The Return or Limbo instead.
  5. ScottW.
    Jun 21, 2005
    2
    Poorly written. Poorly acted. Poorly directed. Like a band playing out of tune with a conductor who has a tin ear. I'm surprised that this wasn't universally panned. A southern lit attempt that is utterly lacking in nuance.
  6. Eldon
    Jun 6, 2005
    3
    I see some of the nice things the "critics" are saying about this movie, Roger Ebert I have respect for, but Roger and the rest of them have missed the mark on this one. The only thing worthy of viewing in this movie is Jamie Bell. He's the only magic the movie has. Josh Lucas is terrible in this movie. His acting looks dialed in and flat, he's a wash in this one. I could say a I see some of the nice things the "critics" are saying about this movie, Roger Ebert I have respect for, but Roger and the rest of them have missed the mark on this one. The only thing worthy of viewing in this movie is Jamie Bell. He's the only magic the movie has. Josh Lucas is terrible in this movie. His acting looks dialed in and flat, he's a wash in this one. I could say a lot more and I won't. So, unless you are a huge Jamie Bell fan and you have to see everything he does, SKIP this movie. Expand
  7. TonyB.
    Sep 14, 2005
    4
    Well-acted...that's the best thing about this slow and ponderous film. The plot has too many contrivances for its own good, and the cinematography, while frequently quite effective, sometimes becomes pretentious.
Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
  1. The naturalistic style of the film is completely at odds with the hokey melodrama.
  2. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    50
    A deep-fried piece of Southern Gothic that wears its unpleasantness like a merit badge.
  3. 70
    Undertow may prove the least immediately satisfying of Green's films, but it remains an achievement, emotionally rich and rife with biblical and mythic undertones.