(2005)

Critic Reviews

52

Metascore

Based on 35 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
75
Rolling Stone
In a movie with more subtext than "Rosemary's Baby," nearly everyone, including Tim Roth as Dahlia's lawyer, harbors secrets. Salles unleashes a torrent of suspense for one purpose: to plumb the violence of the mind.
75
Chicago Tribune
As a sheer ghostly thriller, it's mostly a spell-binder, but I was disappointed at the ending.
75
Premiere
Even as Dark Water's horror-movie component flounders, a different, arguably better kind of thriller emerges.
67
Entertainment Weekly
A shudder-by-numbers pseudo-J-horror gothic, full of supernatural stunts you feel as if you've seen before the movie even gets to them.
63
ReelViews
This picture doesn't have deep enough currents to succeed as a psychological thriller and, as a ghost story, there are times when it has trouble treading water.
63
While his movie lacks the psychological resonance of "Rosemary's Baby" or "The Sixth Sense," it easily equals their creep-out quotient.
60
The A.V. Club
Dark Water devolves into something resembling genre schlock, albeit the kind featuring zesty supporting performances from the classy, Oscar-nominated likes of John C. Reilly, Tim Roth, and Pete Postlethwaite.
60
There's something that never quite works about the film.
50
Variety
Well-crafted but thoroughly unsuspenseful.
40
L.A. Weekly
The movie is prettily shot by Almodóvar collaborator Affonso Beato, but no amount of tastefully desaturated color or imaginary friends going whoo-whoo in the deserted apartment upstairs can save this lumbering echt-thriller from fatal tedium.

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