'Shark Night 3D': What The Critics Are Saying

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The gory thriller, in theaters Friday, is getting eaten alive by negative reviews.

David R. Ellis' Labor Day Weekend entry, the thriller, Shark Night 3D, opens Friday. 

And the Relativity film, filled with killer fish, blood and gore, is getting ripped to shreds by critics. Here are a few of the reviews. 

The Hollywood Reporter critic John DeFore calls the film "A bottom-feeding exploitation flick offering just enough giggles to divert whatever low-expectations crowd it can chum into theaters on opening weekend, Shark Night 3D should be forgotten at the box office well before the headaches triggered by its unappealing 3D lensing have faded."

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"When a studio refuses to screen a film for critics in advance, it usually means one thing: the movie's terrible," says the New York Daily News. "That's okay, though; there's often nothing more fun than watching trashy action. But the one crime a B-movie should never commit is boring its audience. By even these low standards, "Shark Night 3D" is dead in the water." Adding, "Unlike David Ellis's previous forays into the genre, like "Final Destination 2" and "Snakes on a Plane," there's no sense of self-awareness, no humor, and barely any "gotcha" moments."

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The Chicago Tribune titled their review "Shark Night: Into the jaws of disappointment" dubbing it the worst movie of the summer. "Director David R. Ellis has delivered a heartless, suspense-free 91 minutes of sharks dining out on kids stuck on an island in a Louisiana lake," snipes reviewer Roger Moore. "It's one of those magical movie locations there's no cell reception, and while the power grid serves the island-mansion where the Tulane seven hang out, nobody thought to install a land line. With conditions like these, it's no wonder Louisiana has to give away the store in incentives to get Hollywood to film there."

Movie Line was less harsh, writing, "It’s the type of proudly ridiculous B-movie that’s right at home in the dregs of the summer season, when expectations are low, everyone’s had their fill of shiny blockbusters and the serious stuff of the fall has yet to grace theaters. ... Shark Night is painless, dumb fun, without the smirking self-awareness that made Ellis’s 2006 Snakes on a Plane so much better to giggle over than to actually sit through."