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Jaws Reviews

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November 26, 2019
It is not only the most realistically terrifying film I've ever gasped through, it is extraordinarily well made.
July 8, 2019
Sure, the shark looks a tad mechanical. But the film's still a masterpiece of suspenseful story-telling, aided by John Williams' brilliant score, ground out on a tuba.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 3, 2019
A perfect movie in nearly every way.
November 3, 2018
With compelling characters, high-tension storyline, and top-drawer direction, it's as perfect today as when it was released.
July 5, 2018
Jaws is a quintessential American movie.
April 24, 2018
Jaws is what The French Connection and The Exorcist only posed as -- a horrific action story redeemed by inspired filmmaking. Jaws aims for the gut, but it doesn't insult the intelligence on the few occasions when it is required.
October 5, 2017
This pop-culture masterpiece is more than simply a well-tooled thriller. Spielberg brings a sense of community, family, and humanity to the supermarket thriller from Peter Benchley, a book more designed than written.
September 20, 2017
Jaws is a grisly film, often ugly as sin, which achieves precisely what it set out to accomplish-scare the hell out of you.
December 22, 2016
Jaws is a splendidly shrewd cinematic equation which not only gives you one or two very nasty turns when you least expect them but, possibly more important, knows when to make you think another's coming without actually providing it.
July 17, 2016
Relentless and intense, with characters that are the accurate realizations of their behaviors and special effects that dwarf the limits of the time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 31, 2015
I don't think there's a more exciting talent at work right now than Spielberg, an authentic moviemaking prodigy, and perhaps his worst problem from June 20, 1975, on will be preventing success from making a nervous or artistic wreck of him.
July 6, 2015
Perhaps the most perfectly constructed horror story in our time.
June 20, 2015
Jaws knew how to keep audiences invested. While getting to know the human characters and seeing what makes them relatable, the audience salivates for another monster scene.
June 12, 2015
Director Steven Spielberg has immeasurably improved the bestselling Peter Benchley potboiler novel.
May 29, 2015
Spielberg had paced the film beautifully so that one is always on edge, tensed for those scary moments that turn out to be false alarms, and left somehow totally unprepared for the real shocks.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 24, 2014
With no superheroes or post-apocalyptic wastelands in sight, the skill behind Jaws becomes even more thrilling to watch unfold. ... Quite literally, Jaws is the original and the best.
Read More | Original Score: A+
July 18, 2014
It's just such a good film.
July 18, 2014
I still find this film pretty terrifying.
February 4, 2014
Enjoyment derived from tension and fear, interspersed with brief breathers to allow nerve-relieving chuckles and smiles.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
July 29, 2013
It may be the most cheerfully perverse scare movie ever made. Even while you're convulsed with laughter you're still apprehensive, because the editing rhythms are very tricky, and the shock images loom up huge, right on top of you.
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