Jaws (1975)

Based on Peter Benchley's best-selling novel, Steven Spielberg's 1975 shark saga set the standard for the New Hollywood popcorn blockbuster while frightening millions of moviegoers out of the water. One early summer night on… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: July 11, 2000
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Compelling, well-crafted storytelling and a judicious sense of terror ensure Steven Spielberg's Jaws has remained a benchmark in the art of delivering modern blockbuster thrills.

Gary Arnold
Washington Post

I don't think there's a more exciting talent at work right now than Spielberg, an authentic moviemaking prodigy, and perhaps his worst problem from June 20, 1975, on will be preventing success from making a nervous or artistic wreck of him.

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Kathleen Carroll
New York Daily News

Spielberg had paced the film beautifully so that one is always on edge, tensed for those scary moments that turn out to be false alarms, and left somehow totally unprepared for the real shocks.

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Jon Winkler
The Young Folks

Jaws knew how to keep audiences invested. While getting to know the human characters and seeing what makes them relatable, the audience salivates for another monster scene.

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Arthur Knight
Hollywood Reporter

Perhaps the most perfectly constructed horror story in our time.

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Pauline Kael
New Yorker

It may be the most cheerfully perverse scare movie ever made. Even while you're convulsed with laughter you're still apprehensive, because the editing rhythms are very tricky, and the shock images loom up huge, right on top of you.

Glenn Dunks

With no superheroes or post-apocalyptic wastelands in sight, the skill behind Jaws becomes even more thrilling to watch unfold. ... Quite literally, Jaws is the original and the best.

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Joseph Gelmis

Director Steven Spielberg has immeasurably improved the bestselling Peter Benchley potboiler novel.

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Judith Crist
New York Magazine/Vulture

The result is a fast-paced, straight-line thriller that moves without pause toward the climactic contest at sea between three men and a 25-foot, 3-ton great while killer shark.

Jason Di Rosso
At the Movies (Australia)

It's just such a good film.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
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Steven Spielberg's classic monster movie is a supremely accomplished slice of popular entertainment and one of my enduring favourites. His directorial… More
Mike S
Jaws has made its way onto Blu-ray, which naturally prompted a re-visit to this unparalleled classic. The question is, does it still hold up nearly four decades… More
Kase Vollebregt
The classic thriller never gets old, handled superbly well in the open waters by Spielberg and carried with charisma by its lead actors. 'Jaws' will… More
Samuel Riley
'Jaws' is one of Steven Speilberg's greatest movies. It's very intense,violent and even today, keeps people afraid of the water. There are… More
Everett Johnson
"Jaws" is considered one of the greatest movies of all time. Number 56 on AFI's top 100, number 2 on their list of Top Thrills, and a few years… More
Graham Jones
The granddaddy of the summer blockbusters. It's still easy to see why this one has endured the test of time.