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Plot Summary

For filmmaker Rob Stewart, exploring sharks began as an underwater adventure. What it turned into was a beautiful and dangerous lifejourney into the balance of life on earth. Driven by passion fed from a life-long fascination with sharks, Stewart debunkshistorical stereotypes and media depictions of sharks as bloodthirsty, man-eating monsters and reveals the reality of sharks aspillars in the evolution of the seas. Filmed in visually stunning, high definition video, Sharkwater takes you into the most sharkrich waters of the world, exposing the exploitation and corruption surrounding the world's shark populations. Stewart's remarkablejourney of courage and determination changes from a mission to save the world's sharks, into a fight for his life, and that ofhumankind.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 39
  • Fresh: 31
  • Rotten: 8
  • Average Rating: 6.4/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: This beautiful and horrifying debut feature by the underwater cameraman Rob Stewart of Toronto characterizes the depletion of the world's shark population as an ecological catastrophe with dire consequences for humanity. – Matt Zoller Seitz, New York Times, Jul 16, 2008

Fresh: This beautiful and urgent eco-doc takes a bite out of the shark mythology made indelible by Jaws. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: Stewart is his own star, a would-be Speedo model and whoa-dude narrator whose droning reflections get in the way of his stunning underwater cinematography. – Aaron Hillis, Village Voice, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Sharkwater probably ranks as one of the most frightening shark movies ever -- but sharks are the victims. – Michael Esposito, Chicago Tribune, Nov 3, 2007

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Customer Reviews

shark water

MUST SEE NOW!!! I think this is one of the most important documentaries you will ever see in your life. We are in the 9th inning of saving these animals from becoming extinct. Shame on the finning industry and long line fishing. They must be stopped now. They are raping and pillaging our oceans, which are critical to the survival of the species. Take action now. Start by watching this wonderful film.
Sharks have such a bad reputation, but they are a necessity to keep our oceans in balance, healthy, and clean. Plus, ever dove with one? They are amazing creatures, and harmless. I dove with 25 black tip reef sharks recently and 6-8 10-14 foot lemons, and they were inquisitive, beautiful, and harmless. They are simply misunderstood animals.
This Documentary is awesome, and helps dispel a lot of the myths and impressions. I just wish there was more funding and focus on the issue in general.


WoW one of the most saddest and interesting documentaries ive ever seen, thank you so much for bringing this to us, i highly recommend it its 3:50 am and im taking my time to write this to you, we need to educate ourselves, i think we humans are the worst that could have happened to earth if you are still reading this stop and go watch it . Thanks to the whole crew

BEST shark movie EVER

I was first introduced to this movie in science, and I instantly fell in love with it! When you watch this movie, you will change your mind about sharks. This movie shows us that we're the real hunters, not the sharks.

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  • $14.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2006

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