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The Reef2010

The Reef (2010)




Critic Consensus: A gripping example of less-is-more horror, The Reef is the rare shark attack movie that isn't content to merely tread water.

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On the beautiful but dangerous waters of Australia's Great Barrier Reef, ship delivery man Luke and four friends chart a yacht to its new owner. Along the way, their ship is torn open by sharp rocks and begins to sink, leaving the passengers with a terrifying choice: stay on board with slim hope of rescue, or swim twelve miles to the nearest island through shark-infested waters. When they enter the water, an unstoppable, relentless Great White immediately follows their trail for a white-knuckle chase that will fill the waters with blood! From the director of the acclaimed monster hit Black Water comes a pulse-pounding, visually stunning thriller that never lets go until the final, heart-stopping scream!

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Critic Reviews for The Reef

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (2)

Fortunately, the lengthy scenes in which the four frightened swimmers are menaced by a white pointer are chillingly well handled -- not since Jaws 35 years ago has the horror of this sort of situation been as well captured on film.

March 16, 2011 | Rating: 3/5

As for suspense, there isn't much. When the only thing at stake is the size of the body count, suspense becomes the first casualty.

March 14, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Supposedly based on a true story, The Reef does a good job of portraying tension while keeping the shark hidden (and simple). [Full review in Spanish].

June 3, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

...the film's final stretch is unexpectedly engrossing...

May 28, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Considering what most low-budget shark flicks look like, The Reef is a welcome sight indeed.

September 5, 2011 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Traucki manages to keep the tension running throughout the film's 94-minute runtime even before the shark ever shows up to make dinner out of the cast.

August 10, 2011 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for The Reef


Lame ass Australian horror flick staring no on you ever heard of, about 4 idiots who wind up stranded in the water after a boating accident. With a shark. It's exactly what you would think it is.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

*** Australians sure do seem to make some good horror movies. "Wolf Creek" and "The Loved Ones" are two of the better horror flicks of the last ten years, and "The Reef" is one of the better shark movies since "Jaws". It's about a group of 5 people who capsize while sailing in the Ocean. They have to make the decision to stay on the boat and wait for help while it sinks. Or try to swim the 10 or so miles to land, knowing there are sharks in the water. Let's just say this is pretty tense, and quite scary if you put yourself in their shoes. It's more about the mental aspects of the movie that will get to you, rather than the sharks(although they are awesome too). Could have used more sharks, but I don't know if it would have been as effective as it was. A movie like "Wolf Creek" has a slow build, then had a few moments that were like "HOLY S***!" This is a lot like that in that sense, well and the Australian accents. Reminded me of "Open Water", but not as slow. Runs around 88 minutes and doesn't really ever get boring. Good runtime for a movie like this. I saw it on Netflix, so since everyone and their dog has Netflix these days, you should check it out. Good for a few scares, but you won't wanna go swimming for a while afterwards.

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

Remember Open Water? It's like, but it's not terrible.

Ken Stachnik
Ken Stachnik

Super Reviewer

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