The Deep End
The Deep End (2001)

A mother is drawn into a sinister web of blackmail while trying to protect her son in this drama. Margaret Hall (Tilda Swinton) is a wife and mother of three living in Lake Tahoe, whose husband is a Naval officer stationed in the Atlantic… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: August 15, 2001
DVD Release Date: April 16, 2002
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Critic Score: 82% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A well-acted film noir with arresting visuals.

Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly

Swinton ... is for once deglamorized into an ordinary woman enlarged by extraordinary circumstances, and the role animates her wonderfully.

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Steven Rosen
Denver Post

The Deep End is the year's best movie since Memento.

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

The Deep End is an unconventional thriller with unconventional characters, unconventional actors and an unconventional pace. That serves the movie quite well.

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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune

For the most part ... the filmmakers and performers invest a high level of intelligence and sympathy into The Deep End.

Tom Long
Detroit News

The Deep End does what too few films even attempt -- it takes an ordinary life and places it in an extraordinary situation just believable enough to be terrifying.

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Don Groves

Woman-in-jeopardy thriller with a double twist.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

For all its genre trappings, this is an intelligent, probing study of an ordinary woman under extraordinary duress.

Houston Chronicle

The film ultimately fails, either because the premise is too absurd, or the execution isn't absurd enough.

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Nick Rogers

Margaret doesn't throw punches, just rolls with them. Some of her actions can't be objectively condoned. But through a maternal prism, Tilda Swinton makes sure they're understood, with skill sly enough to register strongly in the most ordinary of roles.

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Flixster Audience Score: 59% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
Despite the riveting plot summary, the only things that rescue "The Deep End" from being bland are Tilda Swinton's strong performance as a… More
Nate Zoebl
[font=Arial][color=darkred]In the vast wasteland the summer has become of mediocrity and sub-mediocrity go to your local art house. There you may very well see… More
Jake ....
Tack up another winner for Tilda Swinton! She is an actress that never ceases to astound me. She is such a dominating force onscreen, but she never over acts or… More
Jeffrey Meyers
The Deep End is a well-executed all around noir, one that features yet another powerhouse performance from Tilda Swinton. The story, revolving around a… More
Robert C
Beautifully shot film. A fairly predictable story, made interesting by a great cast and solid performances. In an attempt to save her son from an… More
John Ballantine
Reminds you that Tilda Swinton wasn't always well known for playing a witch. Not memorable for Goran whatshisname but definitely for Tilda. Wow!