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The Underneath Review

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

  • 4.0
    69

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
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    critic review scores.

  • 60

    out of 100

    The New York Times

    The Underneath is too chaotic to work as a thriller. The suspense kicks in too late and blends uneasily with the rest of the film. But the movie has other sorts of appeal. At heart, it is not a lurid, noir story but a study of characters caught in an emotional disaster.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    The Underneath doesn't add up. Made with polish and assurance, capably acted and intricately constructed, its overall impact is less than these parts would indicate. It is good but, against all logic, it is not good enough.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    By the end of the film the 1949 film noir sources are plainly in view, but earlier, Soderbergh seems more interested in personality quirks than double-crosses, and those are the more interesting scenes.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Variety Todd McCarthy

    On its most successful level, the film represents a slashing dramatic essay on the dismaying human tendency not to accept full responsibility for one's actions.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    The strengths of The Underneath -- its atmosphere and character-centered basis -- are also its weaknesses.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    Soderbergh pretty much failed in trying to evoke a noir-like nightmare world in the 1919 Prague of "Kafka," his 1991 terror film. But here, he dazzlingly hews out a noir landscape in more unlikely territory: modern-day Austin, Texas. [28 April 1995]

  • 91

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Soderbergh is able to execute his games without pigeonholing his characters. He has made that rare thing, a modern-day noir with feeling.

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