Open Water
Open Water (2004)

Based on a true story, a thriller about an American couple, Daniel and Susan, who are on an island holiday. Upon arrival at their hotel, it becomes clear that Daniel and Susan's relationship is under strain from their workaholic… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 20, 2004
DVD Release Date: December 28, 2004
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Critic Score: 72% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A low budget thriller with some intense moments.

Peter Howell
Toronto Star

There are no Hollywood heroes in these waters, only two regular people ... plus you and me, huddling in the dark.

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

Terrifying precisely because it doesn't go in for cheesy shock tactics and special effects.

Will Self
London Evening Standard

Open Water is being touted as one of the most frightening films to chomp into your psyche for a long time, but either I'm secretly being fed sedatives or this is a case of good old hype meets collective hysteria.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Sharks are nature's most efficient killing machines. Open Water, which co-stars sharks, is the summer cinema's most efficient scaring machine.

Paul Clinton (

The unforgiving power of nature are all on display to amazing, and frightening, effect.

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Beth Pratt
Common Sense Media

Intense relationship story isn't for kids.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

Considered in its ham-handed entirety, Open Water feels more of an exercise in cinematic sadism.

Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

Becomes a slow and steady descent into pure fear.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

Scary, tense, atmospheric, and well acted...

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Flixster Audience Score: 32% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Open Water is a terrific example of using a simple concept to create something truly horrific./ Based on real events, the film follows a couple stuck in the… More
Ken Stachnik
A really interesting concept that's HORRIBLY executed. There's no plot. Only a lot of bickering, the occasional scream, and a situation that runs out… More
Melvin White
Daniel: Other people go on vacation and spend their days just laying around. We have a story we're going to be telling for the rest of our lives.… More
Mike S
How unsettling of a thought that this has all happened for real. I can't imagine a situation more terrifying than being alone and helpless in… More
Candy Rose
True story about a couple who got left behind on a diving trip in the open water.
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"Other people go on vacation and spend their days just laying around. We have a story we're going to be telling for the rest of our… More