What Lies Beneath
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In this supernatural thriller, a woman believes that a visitor from another dimension is trying to guide her into a sinister mystery. Feeling lonely after her daughter leaves home for college, Claire (Michelle Pfeiffer) begins to sense that something is wrong in her house, and feels a spirit is trying to contact her. At first her husband Norman (Harrison Ford), a scientist doing research in genetics, attributes her paranormal beliefs to stress or possibly a nervous breakdown, and sends her to a psychiatrist (Joe Morton) who puts no more stock in Claire's stories than does Norman. While… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 46%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A classy supernatural lady-in-distress thriller."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Lacking a smarter screenplay, it milks the genuine skills of its actors and director for more than it deserves, and then runs off the rails in an ending more laughable than scary."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"It's just gimmick all the way."
‑ Rob Gonsalves, eFilmCritic.com
"Offers nothing original."
‑ Judith Egerton, Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)
"Most of the “boo” moments are obvious a mile off, which makes it hard to be properly frightened, or even startled."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"Essentially, it's claptrap."
‑ Jay Carr, Boston Globe
"With What Lies Beneath, Zemeckis finally combines his fondness for fright flicks with the character-driven drama of his best work, and the result is one doozy of a ghost story."
‑ Steve Newton, Georgia Straight
"They could've cut 10 minutes out of the first hour easily...and it still might have been too slow."
‑ John Venable, Supercala.com
"unarguably Pfeiffer's showcase: She's in almost every scene and she turns in captivating work under the direction of Robert Zemeckis, a filmmaker who knows how to show his audience a very good time."
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"The only flaw in What Lies Beneath is that the artists involved are clearly swinging for the fences. The best they can manage here is a ground rule double."
‑ Rob Vaux, Flipside Movie Emporium
"Ford is top-billed, but it's Pfeiffer's movie and she's very good."
‑ Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Cross between Fatal Attraction, Poltergeist."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"If the ghost can go hunt for the villain by itself, why does it bother writing cryptic messages to strangers?"
‑ Jeffrey Overstreet, Looking Closer
"Considerando-se o talento dos protagonistas do projeto, é impossível não pensar que o resultado poderia ter sido muito melhor."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Pfeiffer almost single-handedly lifts the picture above mediocrity."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
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