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Based on 8 critic reviews provided by Metacritic.com
The Drowning...distinguishes itself by applying a depth of psychological observation that yields a genuinely unsettling vision.
It’s a closed, depressing vision, elevated by compassion and superbly evocative filmmaking.
It lacks the fireworks or stunning revelations of an A-picture in this genre. But it works as a nice showcase for a cast that’s largely been relegated to small supporting roles these days.
Despite the wildly uneven plotting, Gordon’s atmospheric direction in coastal New London propels the drama, as does her sensitivity to what remains unspoken between people. That everyone in the film is drastically off-balance may just be the point.
Whatever suspense it musters feels artificial, manufactured in the first half by withholding information all the characters already possess from the audience, and in the second by adding more curlicues and flourishes to the elaborate plot at the expense of nourishing the milquetoast characters.
Village Voice
The deeper Tom wades into this psychological morass, the more Danny's volatile behavior seems dictated by the screenwriters' convenience rather than by any plausible depiction of a tortured mind.
The problem with The Drowning isn't that the characters are insubstantial, but rather that they don't dry up and disappear fast enough.
Slant Magazine
If there’s anything worth mulling over about The Drowning, it's the way it proffers the East Coast couple as an inevitably miserable institution without really meaning to.

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