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506 Ratings

The Shallows

Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra
United States, 2016


A young woman is stranded alone on a buoy with a great white shark circling the waters between her and the shore.

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The Shallows Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra

Awards & Festivals

Fright Meter Awards

2016 | 2 nominations including: Best Cinematography

2017 | 2 nominations including: Best Cinematography

What are people saying?

  • J. O.'s rating of the film The Shallows

    Bechdel test this, solo performance that. Wasn't this also a Black List screenplay? Funny, considering the story was as gimmicky as it gets, the direction was boring at best, and the creature effects were laughably bad. So, why the hype? Because a marginally talented woman headed a lame thriller with a computer shark? Maybe studios should focus more on content and less on hype, and we'd get better fare.

  • Zach Closs's rating of the film The Shallows

    Collet-Serra has long been a talented director doing his best with shit material; here he finally delivers a focused, spare, resourceful thriller, and one of the most purely entertaining, underrated films of the year. A typically riveting performance from Blake Lively, at her best here since "The Town." Labiano's cinematography is breathtaking; heavily saturated blood reds and ocean blues clash and coil eerily.

  • chanandre's rating of the film The Shallows

    There's Del Rey's High By The Beach and there's Lively's Hell By The Beach. "Jaws" for the YouTube/Vine Drone/Go-Pro generation. A Bechdel Test alumnus, that boasts the best Lively performance to date (that two-story high extreme-close up of her sun-burnt face miserably whimpering her 'I'll miss you guys' on the verge of bleeding to death in a rock alone with Steven Seagull is one for the 10's books) + haunting score

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film The Shallows

    Jaume Collet-Serra cements his status as one of our reigning vulgar auteurs with "The Shallows," his most confident and accomplished thriller yet. A taut screenplay full of every conceivable complication and reversal is elevated by Collet-Serra's staggeringly beautiful imagery, like clouds of blood tainting pristine water or an ocean floor of jellyfish aglow at night. One of the summer’s most unheralded pleasures.

  • Steve Pulaski's rating of the film The Shallows

    Perfect contemporary B-movie fare for the miserable heat and likely one of the best shark movies in the last ten years (which isn't hard with films like "Shark Night 3D," "Sharknado," and whatever the hell else populates the late-night SyFy, creature-feature lineup). Blake Lively gives a physical performance that's exhausting to watch to say the least, and the entire thing ALMOST makes you forget it's PG-13.

  • smndvdcl's rating of the film The Shallows

    Undeniably genre but a highly competent suspense thriller nonetheless - cinematography, acting, narrative development are all a delight.

  • Nick Schwab's rating of the film The Shallows

    A high-concept film that is often as equally tense as it's silly in its suspense and terror, and is as ineffective in its 20+ minute setup as it's lavishly shot in beautiful detail, akin to its threadbare dramatic emotion. Collet-Serra may photograph the shit out of it, but a thin screenplay can't let Lively carry the emotional center on her own, making The Shallows simply a well-oiled, shit-machine.

  • msmichel's rating of the film The Shallows

    After a very strong turn in last year's 'The Age of Adaline' Blake Lively again impresses with this near solo show thriller. Playing a young woman with impressive survival skills trapped by a hungry predator Lively is able to rise above the genre trappings and possible clichés. Collet-Serra's pedestrian direction leaves the heavy lifting to the star who delivers. Those looking for authenticity...look elsewhere.

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