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Top Critic Reviews
Rotten: There is a lot of nasty stuff to look at, but very little that is genuinely haunting, jolting or terrifying.
- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Thursday, November 1, 2012
Fresh: It's schlock with honor, schlock with a conscience, schlock that speaks to the way we live now.
- Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com, Thursday, November 1, 2012
Fresh: Levinson knows his way around a story, and "The Bay" benefits greatly from that, coming together as something more than a high-tech parlor trick.
- Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic, Thursday, November 1, 2012
When so-called "respectable" film-makers make an attempt at the horror genre, it rarely yields positive results. Levinson is the latest to show a complete lack of what makes horror work with this found-footage flick with an environmental message. The residents of a small coastal town are struck down by minute sea creatures who have infected the water supply. We've seen a lot of boring found-footage movies but this really takes the biscuit, mainly consisting of characters speaking to camera about the horror of what's occurring. Back to dramas Mister Levinson, this clearly isn't your domain.
- moviewaffle, Monday, November 26, 2012
Levison uses some pretty cheap tricks throughout that bothered me, however he still manages to find a sense of urgency and relevancy in the "found footage" genre. Its not about vague supernatural elements, but rather a well defined (and unsettling) outbreak that's the result of environmental contamination.
- fb20312798, Saturday, November 24, 2012
I admire a director who's not afraid on tackling completly different genres and I commend Barry Levinson on approaching the found footage genre but he doesn't seem to have made his homework well. The goods: the way the found footage is made is fantastic. It uses everything from skype videos, cellphone videos, news reports, police car cameras amongst other gimmicks. I never felt took away from the movie and the perspectives and editing is pretty good. The worse is that most of the characters and story are forgetable and you can't feel much of a connection to them. But the real killer is the use of sound. Most found footage flicks work wonders on scaring you because you don't have audio cues or soundtrack to warn you of what will happen and these scares come as unpredictable on most cases. The Bay is riddled with bad choices: from super loud scares, to annoying music everywhere, little drones that tip you off, etc. It completly kills the atmosphere that the multiple found footage videos created at first. It's worth a shot for fans of the director and genre but a missed opportunity overal.
- piranhaa72, Sunday, December 16, 2012