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Swimming With Sharks

comedy, drama

A motion picture executive's assistant puts up with his abusive boss up to a point and then completely snaps in this ultra-dark comedy.

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- Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: One of the best film's of the 90's...Spacey and Whaley are staggeringly good!

- Clint Morris, Moviehole, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: ...Spacey delivers one of his most memorable performances...

- David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews, Thursday, August 4, 2005

Audience Reviews

3 stars

"Before you go out and change the world, you have to ask yourself, "What do you really want?" A young, naive Hollywood studio assistant finally turns the tables on his incredibly abusive producer boss. REVIEW An excellent film, and one of Kevin Spacey's truly great moments. He shines in this character of an abusive and dominating boss, and seems to be a natural at it. The story seems quite straightforward to begin with, but halfway through the film the truth is revealed and you are pulled from siding with one character and totally hating the other, to understanding both. In fact you are almost taken the full journey to hating the character you originally believed in. This turn is done wonderfully, and you can feel your realization creeping forward. The ending is just as much a turnaround as anything, and watching Spacey's character control the events is fantastic. See Spacey at one of his finest moments.

- LorenzoVonMatterhorn, Sunday, September 5, 2010

3 stars

Good film but it doesn?t seem to be sure what it wants to be, serious or comedy? I can see why it was made into a theatre productions, it one of those films that could cross over very well.

- SirPant, Thursday, September 24, 2009

2 stars

Pretty awesome ending, but the torture plot is like the equivalent of gratuitous boobs for pubescent fantasies. It is vicarious fun, yet unmotivated. A simpering, whimpering idiot like Guy wouldn't have the moxie to carry out this revenge. Every time he seems to be getting a hang of the ropes, he'd become a spineless, senseless mess again.

- aliceinpunderland, Sunday, April 5, 2009