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(1975, Steven Spielberg) "Is there such a thing as a perfect film? One that knows what it wants to achieve and does it, flawlessly, artfully and intelligently? If so, then Jaws is as good a candidate as any. Thirty-seven years on, this tale of an island community terrorized by a killer shark still feels timeless and terrifying. The characterisation is precise and acutely observed (it’s one of the great guys-on-a-mission flicks), the dialogue is witty and wise, and the plot fits together like a finely crafted watch. The performances – not just leads, but the kids, townsfolk and the grief-stricken mother too – are impeccable. Best of all is Spielberg’s direction: the camera moves like a predatory animal, gliding eerily across the surface of the vast Atlantic, creating sequences of almost unbearable suspense (never mind that the scariest scene was shot in a swimming pool). It’s no wonder a generation of holidaymakers still thinks twice before stepping into the water." – Tom Huddleston, Time Out (London). Approx. 124 min. DCP.



“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. The film belongs to the pulpiest sci-fi monster-movie tradition, yet it stands some of those old conventions on their head. Though Jaws has more zest then an early Woody Allen picture, and a lot more electricity, it’s funny in a Woody Allen way.”
– Pauline Kael

"Guaranteed to make you scream on schedule."
– David Kehr

“A sensationally effective action picture, a scary thriller that works all the better because it's populated with characters that have been developed into human beings we get to know and care about... It has the necessary amount of blood and guts to work – but none extra. And it's one hell of a good story, brilliantly told."
– Roger Ebert