Sharkwater (2007)

For filmmaker Rob Stewart, exploring sharks began as an underwater adventure. What it turned into was a beautiful and dangerous life journey into the balance of life on earth. Driven by passion fed from a lifelong fascination with sharks,… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: September 28, 2007
DVD Release Date: April 8, 2008
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: In addition to its breathtaking underwater photography, Sharkwater has a convincing, impassioned argument of how the plight of sharks affects everyone.

Derek Adams
Time Out

Faintly egotistical biologist-turned-filmmaker Rob Stewart spent four years making this investigative doc and the result, despite his tendency towards over-earnest, stoner-esque commentary, is enlightening, shocking and more than a little worrying.

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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times

This beautiful and horrifying debut feature by the underwater cameraman Rob Stewart of Toronto characterizes the depletion of the world's shark population as an ecological catastrophe with dire consequences for humanity.

Gabe Leibowitz
Film and Felt

It's hard not to admire a man with such admiration for the obscure, but Grizzly Man did it much better.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Sharkwater delivers an important message, and its underwater photography is breathtaking. But Stewart lessens the impact by focusing much too much on himself. Did he really have to go into detail about his own health problems?

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Michael Esposito
Chicago Tribune

Sharkwater probably ranks as one of the most frightening shark movies ever -- but sharks are the victims.

Craig Phillips

If the film sometimes gets choppy, the filmmaker's passion for the subject and the disturbing revelations to be gained from watching the film make it more than worthwhile.

Mark Feeney
Boston Globe

Undersea photographer Rob Stewart, who directed, wrote, narrated, stars in, and helped shoot Sharkwater, really, really loves sharks. He also fears for their future on the planet. His lively documentary makes you see why, on both counts.

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Drew Toal
Time Out

Undeniably captivating.

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Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia

It's Jaws - starring man as a far scarier predator.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Jon Lantz
As I thought, this was an eye opening movie, with a lot of good and sometimes unsettling footage. It was well done and I think there were some technical… More
Sarah Prisbylla
I loved this documentary. It was so beautiful but it shed light on things humans are doing that are, at best, ugly. We need ALL animals here and everyone needs… More
Steve K
A counterpoint to most of the sensational shark documentaries out there, this one introduces sharks as shy and amazing. It focuses on the fishing, finning, and… More
Leina Rodriguez
I dare you to watch this film and not feel instantly compelled to save sharks. Amazing underwater scenes from a first time documentary director.
William Goss
However interesting the situations, deserves a more objective perspective.
James Bond, Jr.
An absolutely essential viewing! The world needs to stop shark finning immediately before our whole ecosystem is destroyed!