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  • Summary: Director David Gordon Green marries action, dirt, sweat and menace as he spins a tale of the violent legacy between two generations of brothers. (United Artists)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
  1. 100
    Green takes us to that place where we keep feelings that we treasure, but are a little afraid of.
  2. The movie builds slowly to its grinding climax, and the suspense -- the standard by which a thriller must primarily be judged -- is first-rate.
  3. 75
    Conforms to many of the tropes of a formula thriller but, aided by an evocative Philip Glass score and Tim Orr's beautifully naturalistic cinematography, it transcends the genre.
  4. As with the 70's films of Terrence Malick, one of Undertow's producers, the more intoxicated it becomes with rural desolation and fecundity, the more deeply in touch it puts you with its characters' souls.
  5. Green may be right to avoid the melodramatic waves of the conventional thriller. But, if so, he needs to dive a lot deeper than this -- there's just not enough under in Undertow.
  6. Undertow becomes unbearably imitative and predictable. It's a kids-in-peril B horror movie in the guise of an art film.
  7. It's just sort of trying.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 17
  2. Negative: 4 out of 17
  1. K.A.
    Jan 28, 2006
    10
    Completely mesmerizing mood piece. Wonderully insightful and original; come on people! open your eyes.
  2. johnr
    Mar 24, 2008
    10
    Folks, you just don't get it. I live in the south, where people say and do crazy things, and too often die tragically. Melodrama and Folks, you just don't get it. I live in the south, where people say and do crazy things, and too often die tragically. Melodrama and death are centrpieces of southern culture. Also, the relationships between the adult characters are spot on (not bad acting). Expand
  3. 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. Collapse
  4. 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. Expand
  5. 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. Expand
  6. 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 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. Expand
  7. 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.

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