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Swimming Pool Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    70

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    With a little sex, some mystery, a little sex, an appealing title and a little sex, France's Swimming Pool has what it takes to become an art house audience magnet, especially amid the heat of summer.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    After it is over, you will want to go back and think things through again, and I can help you by suggesting there is one, and only one, interpretation that resolves all of the difficulties, but if I told you, you would have to kill me.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    Ultimately, Swimming Pool belongs to Ozon, and while incorporating a carefully measured, quietly menacing style that summons up vintage Hitchcock and Chabrol, he has made it unmistakably -- and entertainingly -- his very own.

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  • 83

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The narrative logic of Swimming Pool slips through our hands like cool water, shimmery and light-dappled, leaving behind the pleasures of summer heat and goose bumps.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Charlotte Rampling is the best reason, though far from the only one, to see Swimming Pool, a mesmerizing mystery, plus a wonderfully sensuous fantasy.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

not for kids

Confusing thriller is absolutely NOT for kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film contains a lot of nudity, several scenes of explicit sexuality, some strong language and some (mostly offscreen) violence. It is not appropriate for anyone under 17. This isn't really family fare -- it's very sexual, dark, and confusing.

  • Families can talk about whether they think Sarah imagining what's going on, or if she's creating it for her novel. There is plenty to discuss, but this is probably not the kind of film most parents would feel comfortable watching with their children.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Some not very good role models.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: There is a murder, but it is not explicitly shown.

  • sex false5

    Sex: A lot of nudity, several scenes of explicit sexuality.

  • language false5

    Language: Very strong language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue

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