What Lies Beneath
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It had been a year since Dr. Norman Spencer betrayed his beautiful wife Claire. But with Claire oblivious to the truth and the affair over, Norman's life and marriage seem perfect--so perfect that when Claire tells him of hearing mysterious voices and seeing a young woman's wraithlike image in their home, he dismisses her mounting terror as delusion. However, as Claire moves closer to the truth, it becomes clear that this apparition will not be dismissed, and has come back for Dr. Norman Spencer... and his beautiful wife.

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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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