The Shallows

The Shallows

The Shallows

Blake Lively stars as a surfer girl stranded offshore when a great white shark keeps her from returning to land in this thriller, billed as "Jaws for a new generation". Only 200 metres from survival, getting there will be the ultimate contest of wills. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra (Orphan and no fewer than four different Liam Neeson films).

2016Rating: M, Offensive language and content that may disturb86 minsUSA
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Flicks, Aaron Yap

Flicks, Aaron Yap

I’m calling it: the most epic showdown this year isn’t between grunting titanic superheroes with petty beefs to work out, but Gossip Girl alum Blake Lively and a great white shark. Not to oversell Jaume Collet-Serra’s more-than-capable abilities, but the robust, engaging B-movie carpentry of The Shallows is one of the most convincing arguments yet to discuss, as many critical circles have, the Spanish director’s body of work in auteurist terms.

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Variety

Variety

Lively may have been cast primarily for her physique, but she proves a compelling heroine all the same.

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Time Out

Time Out

You're gonna need a bigger Blake (and you're going to get one) in Lively's enjoyably trashy shark-survival movie, the definition of summer fun.

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The New York Times

The New York Times

[Lively] acquits herself well here, especially in the vulnerable-to-shark-attack department.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

What could have been mere summertime chum is actually one of the more cleverly constructed B-movies in quite some time.

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Stuff

Stuff

It's smartly done, with just enough twists and turns in the tale to avoid the film ever quite falling into I-know-exactly-how-this'll-turn-out territory.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

It's all patently ridiculous. But Blake Lively, director Collet-Serra and a digital shark show no mercy in hooking us with the B-movie tension. And we bite.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

Director Jaume Collet-Saura had the restraint to tease the monster until it absolutely has to be on screen, a handy choice considering the CGI is often shonky.

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Newshub

Newshub

Jaws this is not, but that didn't stop me from a few yell-out-loud, freak-out fright moments.

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Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Times

If you're looking for a quick and satisfying summer thrill... then the aptly titled Blake Lively-vs.-shark thriller "The Shallows" should serve you nicely.

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