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Reflecting studio executives' taste for material that crosses genres, this film from director David Twohy and co-screenwriter Darren Aronofsky mixes the war movie and supernatural thriller genres. After they rescue a trio of survivors that includes a nurse, Claire Page (Olivia Williams), from a British hospital ship sunk by the Nazis, the crew of the American submarine U.S.S. Tiger Shark comes to believe that their vessel is haunted. The unexpected death of their commander forces first officer Lt. Brice (Bruce Greenwood) to take command, trying to avoid a German destroyer on the hunt for… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 63%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The film has enough spooky momentum and good actors to keep it going."
‑ Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Alive with creepy, menacing flair."
‑ Ted Fry, Seattle Times
"We get the sense that Twohy wants to push this movie to the limits but eases up in the last minutes and tends to resort to old horror clichés..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"O roteiro tem sua parcela de furos e absurdos, mas a boa direção de Twohy consegue manter o clima de tensão por boa parte do tempo."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Twohy is not only skilled at building and maintaining suspense, he's also aware that a cast chock full of experienced character actors is the right fit for a haunted sub flick."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"An enjoyable, if occasionally flawed, experiment."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Twohy's overwrought, comic-book theatrics work against him, as does the hokey script."
‑ Edward Guthmann, San Francisco Chronicle
"A subtly eerie mood piece."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"An underappreciated little film that would go down well as part of a triple bill on video for some undemanding entertainment."
‑ James O'Ehley, Movie Gurus
"an exceedingly clever piece of cinema.another great 'what you don't see' is much more terrifying than what you do see thriller, coupled with some arresting effects, incandescent tones and stupendous performances"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"It's not original enough."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Washington Post
"The reason Below gets beneath your skin is that the scriptwriters know what most current horror filmmakers never learned: Fear is an emotion, not a visceral response."
‑ Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle
"A well-crafted and criminally underrated Underwater Ghost Story."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"Half Submarine flick, Half Ghost Story, All in one criminally neglected film"
‑ Brian Mckay,
"Thanks to strong acting and low-key direction, Below stays above water in atmosphere and suspense."
‑ Gerry Shamray, Your Movies (
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