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Based on a true story, a thriller about an American couple, Daniel and Susan, who are on an island holiday. Upon arrival at their hotel, it becomes clear that Daniel and Susan's relationship is under strain from their workaholic lifestyles, and they need a vacation even more than they realized. The next morning, the loving and rested couple, certified scuba divers, board a local dive boat for an underwater tour of the reef. The boat is crowded with other vacationers, and due to a series of innocent miscommunications and a distracted crew, the couple is, after only 40 minutes or so… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There are no Hollywood heroes in these waters, only two regular people ... plus you and me, huddling in the dark."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Terrifying precisely because it doesn't go in for cheesy shock tactics and special effects."
‑ Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture
"Intense relationship story isn't for kids."
‑ Beth Pratt, Common Sense Media
""Open Water" works on many levels, chief among them as an examination of isolation, worry, terror, and the dread that can accompany the unknown."
‑ Christopher Smith, Bangor Daily News (Maine)
"'Creatividad y un guión inteligente reemplazan la falta de presupuesto para crear un producto de buena calidad'"
‑ Jorge Avila Andrade, Moviola
"Sharks are nature's most efficient killing machines. Open Water, which co-stars sharks, is the summer cinema's most efficient scaring machine."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"The unforgiving power of nature are all on display to amazing, and frightening, effect."
‑ Paul Clinton (,
"Scary, tense, atmospheric, and well acted..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Open Water depends on the audience to be able to vicariously place themselves in the situation at hand, and if you can do that, you're in for a nerve-frying treat."
‑ Bill Clark, FromTheBalcony
"A horrifying meditation on how contentment can lull us into complacency, detachment, and ultimately, absolute isolation."
‑ Brian Juergens, Freeze Dried Movies
"Considered in its ham-handed entirety, Open Water feels more of an exercise in cinematic sadism."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"Becomes a slow and steady descent into pure fear."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Kentis and Lau have labored to make an almost documentary-style film. It's meant to make us feel like we are really there, and to a large extent it succeeds."
‑ Stefan Ulstein, Christianity Today
"Lo mismo ya lo dijo, mucho mejor, Steven Spielberg hace 30 años."
‑ Enrique Buchichio, Uruguay Total
"Low-budget and sparse, but very effective."
‑ Mark R. Leeper,
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