(II) (2012)

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100
Levinson has always been acutely interested in the minutiae of human behaviour, and it's this concern that makes The Bay the triumph that it is.
91
One hell of a creepy little eco-horror picture.
90
This astonishingly effective environmental nightmare is based on reasoning that, if you've been following the science, seems all too possible.
80
The Bay, a real creepfest, joins the suggestive company of eco-terror entries like Hitchcock's "The Birds" and 1979's "Prophecy."
75
Best of all, I applaud the director's triumph of intimate terror over preposterous puppets and noisy computer-generated effects. In The Bay, the mayhem is both fresh and thrilling.
75
A ripped-from-the-headlines psychological chiller that burrows under the skin with its terrifyingly local twist.
63
The Bay is better than a shallow exercise, but crabby horror fans may have preferred that Levinson took a real plunge.
63
Although there are some scary moments here, and a lot of gruesome ones, this isn't a horror film so much as a faux eco-documentary.
50
The Bay is Barry Levinson's most engaged and entertaining movie since "Wag the Dog," which isn't to say that he's given up his irksome predilection for a certain bullish type of liberalism.
50
Lacks the creepy immediacy of even the most misbegotten of the found-footage genre.
40
The story becomes more ridiculous as it escalates, the film's over-determined ecological focus undermining any real horror movie tension. Levinson's casting choices are off-the-mark as well - star Kether Donohue is just plain bad.
25
The Oscar-winning director of "Rain Man" - whose last film, the abysmal documentary "PoliWood" never went much further than the Tribeca Film Festival - demonstrates he can make a shakycam found-footage horror movie every bit as fake-looking, clumsy and unscary as your average college student working on a $200 budget.

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