Dark Water
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Directed by Walter Salles Jr., this remake of Hideo Nakata's supernatural psychological drama Honogurai Mizuno Soko Kara revolves around the plight of a single mother (Jennifer Connelly) whose messy divorce and subsequent battle for the custody of her five-year-old daughter is taking a heavy toll on her emotional well-being. Ultimately, the mother and daughter are able to relocate to an apartment, which, despite its excessively dilapidated interior, seems to be an adequate location for beginning a new life. Before long, however, what appears to be the spirit of a young girl begins to haunt… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 46%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"It fails to deliver the narrative thrill twists its origins would promise."
‑ Ed Halter, Village Voice
"Dark Water has more substance and a more interesting look than many horror films, but the familiar elements of the story disappoint."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"The supporting characters, in fact, are the most enjoyable part of the film, often more enjoyable than Connelly or Gade, each taking great advantage of their scenes to create real people in a short space of time."
‑ Joshua Starnes, ComingSoon.net
"Unfortunately, the supernatural element is underplayed to the extent that the story almost became nothing more than a domestic drama."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, ESplatter
"The gore-free Dark Water tries hard to establish a creepy atmosphere, but instead winds up being slow moving with not much happening."
‑ James O'Ehley, SA Movie & DVD Magazine
"Like so many recent thrillers of this ilk, many of them in some way exploiting the 'innocence' of childhood -- the dumb and unpleasant Hide and Seek springs to mind -- Dark Water falls apart in the wind-down."
‑ Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com
"Working from a premise that's not only thin but transparent, Salles struggles mightily to generate tension in any other way possible."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"Evolves from a supernatural mystery to a truly sad tragedy..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"This murky urban ghost story about a possible haunted hi rise of horrors, basically lets the all-natural creepiness already native to its NYC landscape just do its deadly thing, likely intensified by 9/11's architectural carnage."
‑ Prairie Miller, Long Island Press
"A mature film about the courage it takes to survive in a mortal world that's dependent on temporary relationships."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"A tasteful but unremitting bummer and yet one more case of an Oscar-winning actress proving that she can still do the kinds of disposable movies big awards are supposedly meant to banish from your résume forever."
‑ Ann Hornaday, Washington Post
"This is an eerie, relentlessly grim, invasive little movie -- a tone poem of despair that seeps into you like the damp."
‑ David Edelstein, Slate
"Esteemed Brazilian director Walter Salles ("The Motorcycle Diaries") falls flat on his face on his first Hollywood outing with a horror movie that will bore you to tears."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"A moody, quirky movie that, although flawed, is worth a walk to the theatre in a gentle rain."
‑ Rex Roberts, Film Journal International
"Equal parts quiet, creepy, tragic, and visually gorgeous, Dark Water might be one of the best movies of 2005 that nobody went to see."
‑ Scott Weinberg, DVDTalk.com
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