Head Above Water
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An idyllic vacation goes horribly awry when a judge's wife discovers her old flame dead in her bed. Set upon a remote island off the New England shore and based on a Norwegian film from 1993, this black comedy chronicles her desperate attempts to hide the corpse before her jealous husband returns. Although nothing actually happened that night between the wife and her old beau, who showed up for a surprise visit while her husband and best friend were off on an overnight fishing trip, things look mighty incriminating. Unfortunately, the body is not so easily hidden. Upon his return, the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 40%

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"Diaz is largely performing in a vacuum: Keitel, unbelievable for starters as a middle-aged judge, seems unsure at which pitch to play the largely physical comedy, and Sheffer, as the best friend, is fairly vanilla."
‑ Derek Elley, Variety
"If you have to spend time with a corpse at the beach, this is better than "Weekend at Bernie's." But it's a near thing."
‑ Jack Mathews, Los Angeles Times
""intriguing, tricky and decidedly different""
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"Diaz, clad mostly in a one-piece yellow swimsuit, is left floundering in the shallows of a script which relies on ludicrous human behaviour and mechanical plot twists, the latter signposted by an over-emphatic score."
‑ Nigel Floyd, Time Out
"Debts must have been called in on this one."
‑ Victoria Alexander, FilmsInReview.com
"After flailing around a lot, Head Above Water just about manages the title feat, though first-time director Jim Wilson is clearly out of his depth."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
"One moment, ''Head Above Water'' plays like a clanking melodrama, the next like a gallows comedy of corrupt yuppie manners."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Interesting thriller with good twists."
‑ Fred Topel, About.com
"Like its characters, it's limp and wet."
‑ Angie Errigo, Empire Magazine
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