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The Deep End

HD   R Closed Captioning

Scott McGehee

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About the Movie

Margaret Hall (Tilda Swinton) is a lonely Lake Tahoe housewife whose naval officer husband spends months at sea on an aircraft carrier. In his absence, Margaret does her best to do right by her family, no matter what. So when her eldest son's lover washes up on the beachfront in front of their house, she does the only thing an unflinchingly devoted mother could: she hides the body to protect her son. What begins as a riveting cat-and-mouse game soon turns into a haunting love story with self-sacrifice at its center. For, as Margaret attempts to dodge blackmail, the law and even the questions of her family, she herself becomes exposed.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 116
  • Fresh: 95
  • Rotten: 21
  • Average Rating: 7.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: For the most part ... the filmmakers and performers invest a high level of intelligence and sympathy into The Deep End. – Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Its self-awareness is never less than jarring -- trash too high-minded to come out and indulge itself. – Wesley Morris, San Francisco Chronicle, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: A perfect example of a small, well-made, and (in its central role) rivetingly acted film. – Jay Carr, Boston Globe, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: An extraordinarily riveting drama. – Desson Thomson, Washington Post, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews

The Deep End

A very good film with excellent performances by Tilda Swinton, Goran Visnjic, and Jonathan Tucker. The ending is a heartbreaker.


And predicatable. Investment of time in a movie that delivers very little. 3 stars because I actually was able to sit through the whole thing.

Tails off ... fast

It seems like a good movie on paper. Even the first third is arguably still pretty good. But this quickly becomes messy, and really unbelievable after that. What I can't understand is the use of this particular plot to deliver the point of the film, or at least what I think is the point. Performances aren't bad but the script is. Skip this one...

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: 2001

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