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Profoundly disturbed to discover just how much damage mankind is doing to one of natures most majestic and misunderstood creatures, filmmaker Rob Stewart sets out on a passionate mission to debunk stereotypes about sharks and show just how important a role they play in the planet's fragile eco-system. Setting out to marine reserves in Costa Rica, Cocos Island, and the Galapagos Islands, Stewart and renegade conservationist Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society arms themselves with high-definition video cameras in an attempt to expose exploitation and corruption by poachers… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 79%

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"Faintly egotistical biologist-turned-filmmaker Rob Stewart spent four years making this investigative doc and the result, despite his tendency towards over-earnest, stoner-esque commentary, is enlightening, shocking and more than a little worrying."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"This beautiful and horrifying debut feature by the underwater cameraman Rob Stewart of Toronto characterizes the depletion of the world's shark population as an ecological catastrophe with dire consequences for humanity."
‑ Matt Zoller Seitz, New York Times
"It's hard not to admire a man with such admiration for the obscure, but Grizzly Man did it much better."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, Film and Felt
"It's a film you come away from feeling that you should get out there on the streets and start marching for sharks."
‑ Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies (Australia)
"Planet Earth saturation and the bludgeoning political stance pull it down, but it's still a consistently engaging, partly thrilling look at a misunderstood species."
‑ , Total Film
"Sharkwater delivers an important message, and its underwater photography is breathtaking. But Stewart lessens the impact by focusing much too much on himself. Did he really have to go into detail about his own health problems?"
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Sharkwater probably ranks as one of the most frightening shark movies ever -- but sharks are the victims."
‑ Michael Esposito, Chicago Tribune
"If the film sometimes gets choppy, the filmmaker's passion for the subject and the disturbing revelations to be gained from watching the film make it more than worthwhile."
‑ Craig Phillips, GreenCine
"Here's a documentary with teeth and a bite that should leave a nasty scar on the conscience of the illegal fishermen who continue to brutally plunder sharks for their fins %u2013 and those ignorant fools who consume shark fins"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Stewart's 'personal journey' format isn't entirely successful, and verges on the egotistical, but the message of this film, and the imagery and statistics it tells it with, is angry, credible and worthwhile."
‑ Daniel Etherington, Film4
"Undersea photographer Rob Stewart, who directed, wrote, narrated, stars in, and helped shoot Sharkwater, really, really loves sharks. He also fears for their future on the planet. His lively documentary makes you see why, on both counts."
‑ Mark Feeney, Boston Globe
"Undeniably captivating."
‑ Drew Toal, Time Out New York
"It's Jaws - starring man as a far scarier predator."
‑ Luke Goodsell, Empire Magazine Australasia
"With its stunning photography this would be a righteous and magnificent documentary were it not for the on-camera presence of film-maker Rob Stewart, marine biology's answer to Tom Cruise."
‑ Cath Clarke, Guardian [UK]
"Stewart's point is that the shark fin industry, in its short-sighted quest for financial gain, may trigger an ecological disaster beyond the extinction of the sharks themselves. This is depressing, but important, stuff."
‑ , BBC
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