The Abyss
The Abyss (1989)

The crew of an experimental, high-tech submersible is called into action to investigate a mysterious nuclear submarine crash. A series of strange encounters leads the crew to suspect the accident was caused by an extraterrestrial craft, and… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: August 9, 1989
DVD Release Date: November 7, 2000
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Critic Score: 89% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The utterly gorgeous special effects frequently overshadow the fact that The Abyss is also a totally gripping, claustrophobic thriller, complete with an interesting crew of characters.

Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter

Colossally ambitious, this logistically boggling and technically brilliant film from writer-director James Cameron is a visual tour de force, featuring overall, the greatest underwater sequences ever seen on film.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

This overlong concoction is scuppered by dire dialogue, histrionic performances and maudlin sentimentality.

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Mike Massie
Gone With The Twins

A must-see for fans of the genre and for its uncommonly competent handling of suspense.

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Variety Staff

A firstrate underwater suspenser with an otherworldly twist, The Abyss suffers from a payoff unworthy of its buildup.

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Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

Pretty great underwater adventure.

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Chris Ludovici
The Spool

The Abyss was the summation of everything Cameron had done before, and a statement of purpose towards what he would be doing next.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

The attempt to extract the essences of several genres (cold-war submarine thriller, love story, Disney fantasy, pseudomystical SF in the Spielberg mode) and mix them together ultimately leads to giddy incoherence.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Anyone looking for a discouraging word about this stupendously exciting and emotionally engulfing film should read no further. The Abyss confirms James Cameron as a world-class filmmaker.

Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks

The Abyss gains in some ways from its own Achilles heels, in a way most movies don't... its formal technique, its reckless obsessiveness, and its gutsy emotionalism are what I can't stop turning over in my mind.

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
What makes this film even more absorbing than its spellbinding visual effects is the strong sense of urgency and danger provoked by such a suffocating… More
Raymond Wieser
James Cameron never fails to criticize humanity in his work, but the message here is plain and simple so that everyone can understand. Seriously cool and… More
Alex roy
After the phenomenal action classic, Terminator, James Cameron pushed the boundaries yet again with astounding special effects with The Abyss. This is a special… More
Manu Gino
A place on earth more awesome than anywhere in space. Truly an epic film which I greatly enjoyed! Amazing story and superb special effects for that time which… More
Wahida K
The Abyss is one of the Wonderful and Beautiful Alien Movies I have ever seen. I liked the Idea Aliens Underwater.
Sergio Garcia
If you haven't seen the Abyss what a hell are you waiting for. James Cameron with an outstanding story and a previusalization of the new era of special… More