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Nancy is surfing on a secluded beach, she finds herself on the feeding ground of a great white shark. Though she is stranded only 200 yards from shore, survival proves to be the ultimate test of wills, requiring all of Nancy's ingenuity, resourcefulness, and fortitude.
Drama Horror Thriller - This shark-centered thriller is mostly a single-character survival
drama with Blake Lively, so fans of the star will be pleased. Though
rated PG-13, the film is much too intense for kids, and there are
some moments of disturbing violence and bloodshed.
Roger EbertFull Review Good ... there are times where the special effects and editing aren't as sharp as Lively's performance deserves. But it's still a taut, brutal film, pitting a ravenous sea creature against a woman as hard as coral. It wears you out.
NY PostFull Review Below Average (No short blurb because the critic pretends to be the shark talking.)
Rolling StoneFull Review Above Average ...while this nailbiter sure as hell ain't swimming in the same classic waters as Jaws, it gets the jolting job done. It's all patently ridiculous. But Collet-Serra and Lively show no mercy in hooking us with the B-movie tension. And we bite.
Slant MagazineFull Review Good What makes the film churn so forcefully for so long, however, is Collet-Serra's visual acrobatics, which seem almost to flare up in synchronicity with his heroine's spikes in energy and cunning.
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OPINION OVERVIEW The following is the original "What's Worth
Watching" write-up for this movie.
Based on a theater exit polling of 43 moviegoers:
TEENS: Two males loved "The Shallows," three enjoyed it very much, rating it "above average" and one rated it "average." The females enjoyed it quite a bit more than the males. Over 60% loved it with another20% enjoying it very much. Only 20% rated it "average."
TWENTYSOMETHINGS: The male and females in this group felt it was only an "average" movie, but obviously, there aren't enough reviews in this group to be accurate.
ADULTS: Half the males loved it with another 30% indicating they enjoyed it very much. The remaining 20% rated it "average." The female reviews are very similar to the males. A full 80% either loved "The Shallows" or enjoyed it very much.