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The Shallows

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning AD

Jaume Collet-Serra

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About the Movie

In the taut thriller, when Nancy (Blake Lively) is surfing on a secluded beach, she finds herself on the feeding ground of a great white shark. Though she is stranded only 200 yards from shore, survival proves to be the ultimate test of wills, requiring all of Nancy’s ingenuity, resourcefulness, and fortitude.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 191
  • Fresh: 148
  • Rotten: 43
  • Average Rating: 6.5/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: Lively's melodramatic power remains untapped. – Richard Brody, New Yorker, Jul 5, 2016

Fresh: Is "The Shallows" a thriller for the ages? No, but it's decent popcorn fare. – Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post, Jun 24, 2016

Fresh: Very effective, taut beach-borne thriller in which a lone surfer (Blake Lively) finds herself stranded between the beach and a large, hungry shark. – Jim Schembri, 3AW, Dec 26, 2016

Fresh: On its own brutally efficient B-movie terms, The Shallows works exceptionally well. – Vicky Roach, Daily Telegraph (Australia), Aug 26, 2016

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Customer Reviews


This movie started good and I liked the actress, but about midways through things get pretty ridiculous. The shark is the size of a city bus and is way too intelligent. It does things no real shark could do, like bite through solid metal and knock a dead whale carcass out of the water. What started as a realistic and gripping thriller turns into a cartoon B-grade horror pic. I wouldn't have been so disappointed if the first half of the movie weren't so promising. You might enjoy it if you don't care about things like physics and logic, but I couldn't get past some of the silliness the filmmakers expect us to swallow.


This movie made me laugh the entire time. It's on the same level as "Anaconda" yet even more lame because that movie came out more than a decade ago. LOL! Oh no! out for the cheesy CGI sharks next time you're in the water! HA HA HA!

Pleasant Suprise

Saw this movie during the middle of the week, wanted to have a day to myself, so I figured what the heck, I will try it. I went in thinking it was going to be a bad version of Jaws, but I accepted my choice. I could not have been more wrong. This movie is well acted, has great suprises, a great story/plot and overall was a huge suprise. I really recommend this, great popcorn summer flick.

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