Deep End
Deep End (1971)

Set at the fag-end of the '60s in a decidedly unglamorous and unswinging London (though actually filmed, very persuasively, in Hamburg), Skolimowski's pleasingly skewed variation on the coming-of-age sex comedy posits a bizarre,… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 10, 1971
DVD Release Date: July 18, 2011
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Michael Atkinson
Village Voice

Skolimowski's Eastern Bloc-existentialist chops finally emerge in the last act, as the futility of looking for a diamond in the snow evolves into a sex-death underwater ballet.

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Jaime N. Christley
Slant Magazine

Deep End is as soaked in pheromones and nervous electricity as its main character.

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Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard

A highly original slice of London life, beautifully made.

Dave Calhoun
Time Out

Along with music from Can and Cat Stevens, a bizarre, beautiful ending is the high point of this wonderfully mysterious film.

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Dan Callahan
House Next Door

In all of the best work of the Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski, there is a barely-there surrealism in play that keeps his films excitingly unsteady.

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Steve Rose

Everything about this singular film - the camerawork, the imagery, the soundtrack - feels vibrant and surprising in a way that makes most modern coming-of-age movies look formulaic and, well, shallow.

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Ben Nicholson

Ostensibly a saucy, knockabout swimming pool romp, it develops into a surreal dive into the waters of destructive sexuality.

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Philip French

Made in Munich but set entirely in London, it's a bizarre tail end to the swinging London cycle of the 1960s, centring on a rundown suburban public swimming pool and its adjoining private bathrooms and showers.

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Frances Morgan
Electric Sheep

The viewer is left stranded in a quite nightmarish miasma of frustrated wants and needs, and can only dread the outcome.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Adam Mahler
This was a transcendent movie experience. Then, at the last second, Cat Stevens broke into the soundtrack and was able to kill the buzz of this movie that… More
Cindy I
HELP! I recorded this, watched it and found out the DVR didn't record the ending....last 10 minutes or so. ARRRGGGHH!!!! UPDATE: Thanks to some fine… More
Pierluigi Puccini
Skolimowski's theatre of the absurd, sharing a lot of style and approach with Polanski (both were partners in crime for "knife in water") has to… More
Stella Dallas
from the screenwriter of polanski's great debut, knife in the water, deep end is an eccentric coming of age tale that veers into black comedy and… More
Cassandra Maples
Deep End is a practically unheard of film these days - but it's a surprisingly good one that urgently needs a bigger audience. The film is basically a… More
Walter M.
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