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Shark Movies: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

from the August, 2017 issue of Undercurrent   Subscribe Now

Outside Magazine has rated the all-time shark movies, and while most are stinkers, one can never forget either Jaws or Open Water (which clearly should have made the #2 slot). This year's 47 Meters Down is rife with technical errors about diving, though if a diver can overlook that stuff, it might be worth a rental. Of course, Hollywood will never stop demonizing sharks, so we divers might as well get over it and have a laugh or two, largely at the filmmaker's expense.

Here's the list.

1. Jaws (1975) Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 97 percent

2. Deep Blue Sea (1999) Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 57 percent

3. The Shallows (2016) Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 77 percent

4. 47 Meters Down (2017) Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 55 percent

5. Open Water (2004) Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 72 percent

6. Avalanche Sharks (2013) Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 7 percent

7. Sharknado (2013) Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 82 percent

8. The Reef (2010) Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 79 percent

9. Ghost Shark (2013) Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 29 percent

10. 2-Headed Shark Attack (2012) Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 15 percent

11. Attack of the Jurassic Shark (2013) Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 3 percent

To read Outside's short and snarky reviews of each film, go to

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