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  • Summary: A professor (Ford) investigates the murder of a beautiful college student who has been appearing to his wife (Pfeiffer).
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 35
  2. Negative: 4 out of 35
  1. 83
    As it unwinds, What Lies becomes both masterful and preposterous.
  2. 75
    If you're able to check your brain at the popcorn stand, you'll stand a much better chance of enjoying this crowd pleaser.
  3. 70
    You feel you've been both a little creeped out and vigorously entertained. Its showmanship comes through in the clutch.
  4. Suggest a Clintons-at-home scenario for 2001 -- haunted by the ghosts of dalliances past.
  5. 50
    Lacking a smarter screenplay, it milks the genuine skills of its actors and director for more than it deserves, and then runs off the rails in an ending more laughable than scary.
  6. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Ford and Pfeiffer deliver craftsmanlike work, but the film steadily unravels as Zemeckis tries to ratchet up the suspense.
  7. Feels more planned than passionate, scary at points but unconvincing overall.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 13
  3. Negative: 4 out of 13
  1. RandyJ
    Sep 9, 2006
    A Brilliant first-rate classic. Mind blowing intelligence and incredible acting deliver the small blows. Sheer terrifying brilliance delivers the rest. A perfectly cast mind-blowing tour-de-force, stunning and superb. The greatest horror movie of our time. Expand
  2. JohnS.
    Aug 10, 2006
    What makes this movie great is that it's essentially a chick flick that descends into a suspense thriller. The scares and special effects are given in quality, not quantity, sprinkled perfectly throughout the plot. The ending requires you to stretch your brain a little, but the setup leaves you so desperately wanting a manifestation of the fears involved that you take it. Pfeiffer does an excellent job carrying the load, and Ford is refreshing as a villain. Expand
  3. Jan 28, 2011
    A smart thriller with brilliant acting from Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer. Definitively one of my favorites. While focusing on the problems of an apparently normal relationship, "What Lies Beneath" has some original scary moments and much suspense. Expand
  4. Aaron.
    Aug 30, 2007
    Above average (average horror flick) in terms of cinematography, acting, and a very effective score. And there are some great chilling moments. But it gets pretty ridiculous pretty quick. Expand
  5. JakeG
    Sep 9, 2006
    A stupid plotline really. I mean ghosts in a house? Ghosts going into people's bodies? Corny.
  6. Feb 4, 2013
    What lies beneath? Definitely the most impressive and comprehensive collection of cliches, nonsense absurdities and boring moments ever assembled in this pretentious couldn't-possibly-be-slower film. Nothing happens for the first 90 minutes. Pfeiffer wanders in her home trying to look troubled, has pointless encounters with neighbors, plays some ouija with a friend and from time to time exchanges with Ford some dull dialogue that sounds anything but realistic. And when filming nothing seems to have reached it's limits, well, you just get some more. The final twist doesn't come as a surprise -remember, you had 90' to try and guess it out, nothing was happening on the screen- and the final confrontation is sooooo ludicrous that it keeps me wondering if it has been stolen from the Scary Movie franchise. But surprisingly, I actually rather enjoyed the ending. It gets hysterical as every step seems to have been written under the strict rule of "of all options my characters have, what would be the least logical or probable?" This pure overdose of nonsense situations gets really funny, and comes as a nice and more than welcomed frustration relief after sitting through nearly two hours of pretentious pseudo hitchcokian homage. (I know I got Sir Alfred's last name spelled wrong, but it keeps being deleted by some poorly encoded "Politically Correct" protection stuff that doesn't seem to stand the second syllable of Hitchco**) Collapse

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