Dead Calm
Dead Calm (1989)

While on a yachting expedition on the open seas, a married couple encounters a wrecked vessel and rescues the sole survivor. The couple soon discovers that the seemingly harmless survivor is actually a vicious murderer, and a tense showdown… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: April 7, 1989
DVD Release Date: December 7, 1999
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Though not always entirely credible, Dead Calm is a nail-biting suspense pic [from the novel by Charles Williams] handsomely produced and inventively directed.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

This is not a gimmick film ... and Kidman and Zane do generate real, palpable hatred in their scenes together.

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Josh Larsen

A remarkable breakout for Nicole Kidman, who gives this feminist thriller everything it deserves, and more.

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Nigel Floyd
Time Out

A classic piece of pared-down genre film-making is lent extra depth by an emotional subtext stressing Kidman's transition from dependent wife to resourceful individual.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

[Noyce is] a masterful manipulator, but eventually there is no more wind in these sails, not even enough to riffle a jib, as the story and Rae's character wear thin.

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Clint Morris

One of the best thrillers of our'll leave your gasping for air

Caryn James
New York Times

"Dead Calm" ... becomes disturbing for all the wrong reasons.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

For much of the movie, you're enthralled. By the end, you're laughing. This is not good.

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Cole Smithey

Fun, scary and suspensful from start to finish.

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Flixster Audience Score: 63% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Everyone does alright in delivering the goods in this economical tale about being stuck in the middle of nowhere with a psycho who likes you. The question… More
Alex roy
Dead Calm is an intense horror thriller that never lets you take a breath. The film makes you stay on the edge of your seat throughout. Whats really interesting… More
Cory Taylor
'Dead Calm' is invariably similar to 'Ravenous' insofar as an isolated, seemingly impotent stranger is found adrift and recapitulates a… More
Drew Smith
Dead Calm exemplifies economy. It spends very little time outside of its menacing setting, allowing its characters to develop within the framework of the threat… More
Melvin White
Rae Ingram: You know what I'd love for lunch? Fresh asparagus, then, um, pasta - angel hair pasta with heaps of basil, garlic, olive oil and, um, apple… More
Aaron Neuwirth
Rae: Is that boat sinking. Hughie: Well, past tense would be more appropriate. A well made thriller, isolating the characters on the ocean to create genuine… More