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: 98% 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.

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.

Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

What this movie is about, and where it succeeds best, is the primordial level of fear.

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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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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.

J. Hoberman
Village Voice

A near Hitchcockian exercise in transference of guilt and making the audience pay for its illicit pleasures.

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Jason Di Rosso
At the Movies (Australia)

It's just such a good film.

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Charles Champlin
Los Angeles Times

It is a coarse-grained and exploitive work which depends on excess for its impact. Ashore it is a bore, awkwardly staged and lumpily written.

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David Denby
New Yorker

Spielberg may be the man who created the new Hollywood, but in his first megahit he summed up what was best in the old -- the humor, the perversity, and the storytelling integrity of Alfred Hitchcock.

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Judith Lucy
At the Movies (Australia)

I still find this film pretty terrifying.

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Flixster Audience Score: 90% Flixster User Reviews
xGary Xx
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.

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