The Reef
The Reef (2010)

On the beautiful but dangerous waters of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, ship delivery man Luke and four friends chart a yacht to its new owner. Along the way, their ship is torn open by sharp rocks and begins to sink, leaving the… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 15, 2010
DVD Release Date: July 19, 2011
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...the film's final stretch is unexpectedly engrossing...

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Glenn Lovell

... squirm-worthy survival adventure ... Go ahead, take the plunge. 'The Reef' is an authentic nail-biter (toe-nibbler?) that lives up to its fun come-on: 'Pray that you drown first.'

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Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

For most of the time, Traucki manages the horror well, with the menace inferred. Particularly spine-chilling is the scene in which Walshe-Howling is exploring the air pocket in the upturned boat. Sound tells the story.

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Scott Weinberg

Considering what most low-budget shark flicks look like, The Reef is a welcome sight indeed.

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Eugene Novikov
Film Blather

Lacking the compelling drama and survival horror kick of its cousin Open Water, The Reef is brisk and reasonably involving, but pretty middling, too.

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Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

The Reef is that rarest of treats: an "animal attack" thriller that is as dramatic as it is horrific.

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Heather Wixson
Dread Central

Traucki manages to keep the tension running throughout the film's 94-minute runtime even before the shark ever shows up to make dinner out of the cast.

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Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy

The Australian tourist industry will hate it but The Reef is an extremely effective watery horror/thriller.

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Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)

Terrible scripting, unconvincing acting, wonky continuity and feeble atmospherics induce an overpowering feeling of tedium that cancels out any potential for true terror.

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Flixster Audience Score: 41% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
Lame ass Australian horror flick staring no on you ever heard of, about 4 idiots who wind up stranded in the water after a boating accident. With a shark.… More
Japes .
I liked this movie, except for the ending. It ended so abruptly, I was like "Is that it?" It was really disappointing. It was almost like the director… More
Everett Johnson
*** Australians sure do seem to make some good horror movies. "Wolf Creek" and "The Loved Ones" are two of the better horror flicks of the… More
Dean King
From the same director as Black Water about a Alligator menacing a group of stranded people in the outback. We have this survival thriller about a group of… More
Ken Stachnik
Remember Open Water? It's like, but it's not terrible.
Manu Gino
Even though this movie for me was entertaining and I liked it there was nothing special about it or even remotely good about this film. The plot is simple and… More