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Peter Rainer Terrifying precisely because it doesn't go in for cheesy shock tactics and special effects.
Paul Clinton (CNN.com) The unforgiving power of nature are all on display to amazing, and frightening, effect.
David Edelstein I'm sorry, but that's entertainment?
Stephanie Zacharek We, the audience, shuffle out of the theater, feeling drained and punished.
Desson Thomson As the clock ticks on, the sharks thresh and the dialogue continues to stagnate, you might just catch yourself wickedly thinking: Come on sharks, let's do this.
Ann Hornaday A taut, riveting, uncommonly well-made film.
Stephen Whitty It should make you think hard about assuming only a big, effects-driven adventure can really give you your money's worth.
Jeff Strickler It's just them, the water and us -- at least until the sharks show up. By the time they do, we're feeling almost as apprehensive as Susan and Daniel are.
Scott Foundas Just one tedious scene stretched out to feature length.
Kirk Honeycutt Clearly, this one will divide viewers, but the vote here is that Open Water is an unpleasant experience.
Dennis Lim Simply a stunt -- hopelessly literal-minded and cheap in every sense.
Richard Roeper ... a compact little gem that proves that low-low-budget films don't have to be always about couples squabbling in small rooms.
Rex Reed One of the most galvanizing and unforgettable films of the year.