Dark Water
Dark Water (2002)

Following up on his horror smash hits Ringu and Ringu 2, Hideo Nakata directs this supernatural psychological drama about a middle aged woman struggling to cling to her sanity. Yoshimi Matsubara (Hitomi Kuroki) is the midst of a nasty… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: January 19, 2002
DVD Release Date: June 21, 2005
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Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

About as frightening as a soggy diaper.

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Christopher Null

So much of Dark Water is contrived that it defies the mind to try to make sense of it.

Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

With extremely heavy echoes of his own 1998 film Ringu, Nakata is on subtle creep-out form here rather than big horror movie mode.

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Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies

Benefits from having an undercurrent of sadness, which makes it feel quite similar to the ghost stories in Kwaidan.

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Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

Um terror bem construído que não quer apenas provocar sustos passageiros, mas sim estabelecer um clima de tensão constante e personagens com os quais realmente nos importemos.

Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette

just beneath its surface horror this film conceals a deep reservoir of tragedy, addressing themes like family breakdown, isolation, abandonment, and - something of a taboo in Japan - the terrible legacy of mental illness.

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Rory L. Aronsky
Film Threat

He [Nakata] wants us to absorb, to feel a location, and to understand the plight of the characters before he goes any further.

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Luke Y. Thompson

To date, the scariest movie I've ever seen.

Ian Waldron-Mantgani
UK Critic

A horror movie that sits there and drags and seems very full of itself, and is based on the premise that puddles are scary. They're not.

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
EightThirty .
17/06/2010 (DVD) This is a classy horror that has a decent drama-style structure. It is a bit draggy at first but the interest keeps you there till the… More
xGary Xx
Hideo (Ringu) Nakata once again wheels out the old J horror staple of young woman stalked by mysterious child after moving into a new apartment with her young… More
JY Skacto
<i>Ringu</i> director, Hideo Nakata, steps back into the Japanese horror scene with <i>Dark Water</i>. There is nothing really wrong… More
Drew Smith
A melancholy, waterlogged, immensely sad "horror" movie. A lot of the real horror, though much more covert than the supernatural elements, comes from… More
Cassandra Maples
This is my idea of a horror movie. No junk, no noise, no random jolts, but plenty of fear, delivered quietly and compactly, without fuss. It's the most… More
Kylie B
Great adaptation of the Koji Suzuki short story.

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