The Deep End
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A mother is drawn into a sinister web of blackmail while trying to protect her son in this drama. Margaret Hall (Tilda Swinton) is a wife and mother of three living in Lake Tahoe, whose husband is a Naval officer stationed in the Atlantic ocean. Margaret's oldest son, teenaged Beau (Jonathan Tucker), is gay and has become involved with Darby (Josh Lucas), a disreputable older man whom Margaret does not trust. Margaret confronts Darby and tells him to stay away from her son, but Darby isn't easily dissuaded, and he comes by the house late one night, leading to a fight between Beau and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 82%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Swinton ... is for once deglamorized into an ordinary woman enlarged by extraordinary circumstances, and the role animates her wonderfully."
‑ Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly
"The Deep End is the year's best movie since Memento."
‑ Steven Rosen, Denver Post
"The Deep End is an unconventional thriller with unconventional characters, unconventional actors and an unconventional pace. That serves the movie quite well."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"Finely crafted but more than a little overrated."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Having two directors at the helm doesn't help"
‑ Wesley Lovell, Cinema Sight
"For the most part ... the filmmakers and performers invest a high level of intelligence and sympathy into The Deep End."
‑ Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune
"The Deep End does what too few films even attempt -- it takes an ordinary life and places it in an extraordinary situation just believable enough to be terrifying."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Woman-in-jeopardy thriller with a double twist."
‑ Don Groves,
"As the protective mother, the brilliant Tilda Swinton elevates this well-directed neo-noir way above its status as a loose remake of the 1949 Max Ophuls's Reckless Moment."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A film that is diverting but not memorable."
‑ Ron Wells, Film Threat
"For all its genre trappings, this is an intelligent, probing study of an ordinary woman under extraordinary duress."
‑ Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald
"The film ultimately fails, either because the premise is too absurd, or the execution isn't absurd enough."
‑ , Houston Chronicle
"Margaret doesn't throw punches, just rolls with them. Some of her actions can't be objectively condoned. But through a maternal prism, Tilda Swinton makes sure they're understood, with skill sly enough to register strongly in the most ordinary of roles."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"Its overall attempts at re-igniting the unsettling ambience of old-fashioned film noir are let down by a potholed plot and poor characterisation."
‑ Tom Grealis, RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
"A stunning and stylish update of The Reckless Moment (1949), the sophomore effort from Siegel and McGehee is a taut psychological drama that lingers long after its credits roll."
‑ Rachel Deahl, Baltimore City Paper
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