Head Above Water
Head Above Water (1996)

An idyllic vacation goes horribly awry when a judge's wife discovers her old flame dead in her bed. Set upon a remote island off New England and based on a 1933 Norwegian film, this black comedy chronicles her desperate attempts to hide… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: June 1, 1996
DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
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Critic Score: 40% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Derek Elley

Diaz is largely performing in a vacuum: Keitel, unbelievable for starters as a middle-aged judge, seems unsure at which pitch to play the largely physical comedy, and Sheffer, as the best friend, is fairly vanilla.

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Jack Mathews
Los Angeles Times

If you have to spend time with a corpse at the beach, this is better than "Weekend at Bernie's." But it's a near thing.

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James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

"intriguing, tricky and decidedly different"

Nigel Floyd
Time Out

Diaz, clad mostly in a one-piece yellow swimsuit, is left floundering in the shallows of a script which relies on ludicrous human behaviour and mechanical plot twists, the latter signposted by an over-emphatic score.

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Victoria Alexander

Debts must have been called in on this one.

Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix

After flailing around a lot, Head Above Water just about manages the title feat, though first-time director Jim Wilson is clearly out of his depth.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

One moment, ''Head Above Water'' plays like a clanking melodrama, the next like a gallows comedy of corrupt yuppie manners.

Fred Topel

Interesting thriller with good twists.

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Flixster Audience Score: 44% Flixster User Reviews
Wahida K
Not really one of the best but nice to watch. Not a bad comedy. Trying to get rid off the dead body of Billy Zane s character, some nice LOLs scenes nothing… More
Fascade Fiveoneeight
This is one edge of your seat thriller...that I never knew of...Both Harvey Keitel and Cameron Diaz had 'killer' instincts in this movie well into the… More
Christopher Brown
Dark comedy that is most remembered when it's played on late night cable. Other than that, it's completely forgotten. But Harvey Keitel's in… More