Undertow (2004)

Chris (Jamie Bell of Billy Elliot) is a volatile teen who lives with his father, John (Dermot Mulroney), and his little brother, Tim (Devon Alan). After the death of Chris' mother, his reclusive father moved the family to a shack in… More

Rated: R
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Release Date: December 17, 2004
DVD Release Date: April 26, 2005
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Critic Score: 55% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Scott Foundas

A deep-fried piece of Southern Gothic that wears its unpleasantness like a merit badge...

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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The film's first half is hypnotically watchable.

James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

its marriage of conventional thriller dynamics and unexpected visual potency marks it as something both utterly unique and reliably familiar

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Ben Walters
Time Out

Green's signature pastoral tangents and codeine pacing don't slow down this tale of two boys fleeing their psychotic uncle so much as inappropriately slacken any of the story's suspenseful aspects.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Green is all surface and no depth in his effort to channel the late novelist William Faulkner.

Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

a drag-down bore

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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News

Green's characters often find themselves in raw, unprotected moments, but Undertow also can feel a little too mesmerized by its own junkyard visions.

Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune

There's certainly nothing wrong with trying to make a movie visually pleasing, but it shouldn't come until after there's a good plot and intriguing characters.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A tense and entertaining murder thriller about redemption and greed...

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Flixster Audience Score: 63% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
Looked promising, but ultimately underwhelming. Also, Kristen Stewart is in this for about ten minutes, if that, so don't let that be a deciding factor in… More
Mark Hobin
Southern Gothic tale of a family in crisis. Jamie Bell plays Chris Munn, a volatile teen who runs away from home, bringing his sickly brother along. Deel… More
Jamie Bell, Devon Alan, Dermot Mulrony, Josh Lucas, Kristen Stewart "Can I carve my name in your face?" David Gordon Green is surely becoming… More
Ken Stachnik
David Gordon Green's stylistic but simple film is obviously highly influenced by Charles Laughton's "Night of the Hunter" Surprisingly Josh… More
Leigh Ryan
Heartbreaking yet very fulfilling in accomplishment.
Tim Sigur
I like David Gordon Green's style, but sometimes that style gets on my nerves. I like the atmosphere and the story, but the ending is a cop out.