Night Swim

critic Reviews

, 21% Rotten Tomatometer Score
  • Despite a promising start and a handful of solid scares, Night Swim is undone by a premise that just isn't strong enough to support a feature-length film.
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    Sergio Burstein Los Angeles Times
    It opts, in turn, for a Hollywood-esque correct esthetic, lacking in surprises and assuming an air of stubborn solemnity. [Full review in Spanish]
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    Joey ShapiroChicago Reader
    Night Swim might be the first movie to star a haunted pool, but its story beats are interchangeable with any other horror movie in the microgenre of kindly fathers turning mean after a real estate–based possession.
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    Sara Michelle FettersMovieFreak.com
    There comes a point where it almost feels as if McGuire was making it up as he went along. So little of this thriller make sense that it’s impossible for it to generate a lasting emotional impact.
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    Joshua RothkopfLos Angeles Times
    McGuire, who executed a trial run of this concept with a 2014 short film, knows exactly what he’s doing, scene after scene, especially when it comes to the deliciously sadistic grammar of suspense.
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    James BerardinelliReelViews
    It has moments but those never add up to a complete film.
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    Chris VognarRolling Stone
    Night Swim eventually runs out of places to go, but not before it weds some sneaky character development to a few good, solid jump moments. It might not find an audience, but it deserves one.
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    Tim MillerCape Cod Wave Magazine
    It’s a full-length goofball horror concoction blending The Natural, Faust, Creature From the Black Lagoon, The Amityville Horror and the swimming-pool game Marco Polo.
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    Bill ChambersFilm Freak Central
    A better movie would have placed him at the forefront of a coming-of-age narrative, though I truly can’t figure out how the sensitively conceived Elliot thrived in such a creatively starved and frankly ableist endeavour.
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    Mattie LucasFrom the Front Row
    Night Swim's "what if The Shining but in a pool instead of a hotel" premise is too goofy to take seriously and too repetitive and bland to be frightening.
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    Matt BrunsonFilm Frenzy
    There isn’t anything even half as frightening as my neighborhood pool during the waning weeks of every summer, when the useless HOA has stopped paying for its upkeep and allowed all manner of dead insects and unidentified fungi to blanket the surface.
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