Rotten Tomatoes

Movies / TV

    Celebrity

      No Results Found

      View All
      Movies Tv shows Shop News Showtimes

      Swimming With Sharks

      R 1994 1 hr. 33 min. Comedy Drama List
      76% 38 Reviews Tomatometer 79% 10,000+ Ratings Audience Score Guy (Frank Whaley) is a young film executive who's willing to do whatever it takes to make it in Hollywood. He begins working for famed producer Buddy Ackerman (Kevin Spacey), a domineering, manipulative, coldhearted boss. When Guy also finds out that his cynical girlfriend, Dawn (Michelle Forbes), has been using sex as a career move, he reaches his limit. Guy decides to exact revenge on Buddy by kidnapping him and subjecting him to cruel and unusual punishment. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Oct 04 Buy Now

      Where to Watch

      Swimming With Sharks

      Fandango at Home Prime Video Apple TV

      Rent Swimming With Sharks on Fandango at Home, Prime Video, Apple TV, or buy it on Fandango at Home, Prime Video, Apple TV.

      Swimming With Sharks

      What to Know

      Critics Consensus

      Swimming With Sharks is a smart, merciless Hollywood satire that's darkly hilarious and observant, thanks to Kevin Spacey's performance as ruthless studio mogul Buddy Ackerman.

      Read Critics Reviews

      Audience Reviews

      View All (722) audience reviews
      Alec B The twist at the end isn't all that chilling, frankly it's forced and a little excessive. It's a shame because this may be Spacey's best "shouting egomaniac" performance. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 12/13/23 Full Review Audience Member there are loan sharks then there are Hollywood sharks Kevin Spacey, Frank Whaley, Benicio del Toro in a movie when what happens when someone in the workforce is tired of being toyed around by a superior that has no moral, remorse, is so self-absorbed, and greedy Spacey plays Buddy who's in charge, Whaley is a newly-hired producer assistant named Guy who's wishing to fulfill his dream in the movie business the big issue is that Buddy has no regard for others' feelings or ideas and Guy feels trampled on continuously by him the movie actually opens quite shockingly during the aftermath of the abuse taken with Guy finally taking matters into his own hands; then it shifts gears towards the first day of Guy starting his position seeing how all of this anger and anxiety has been building towards nobody wins without losing, how much torture at work can somebody take?, can you still make a killing in the Hollywood industry while also losing what matters?, can you actually get the nerve to say no or I don't care?, what do we really want once we've made it to the top?, life is nothing like the movies that's for sure the movie plays more like a psychological thriller than a routine comedy with a much much darker context certainly wasn't expecting the narrative to play out like it did with this both the actors are perfect here making some playful banter back and forth with their ideals of what's right, fair and unfair Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 04/21/23 Full Review Vladislav N One of the best movies I've seen in my life. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 09/04/22 Full Review andrey k Features an outstanding performance from Kevin Spacey, one of his best, and a surprising twist, even if the rest is recognizable and familiar, as Hollywood films about Hollywodd is a well-trodden path. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Great storyline always keeping you on your toes Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 02/15/23 Full Review Audience Member I watched this almost 30 year old movie because of the Scott Rudin situation. Interesting that Kevin Spacey plated the agent. The movie has a great storyline and Spacey was exceptional, maybe even award worthy, except that the relationship between Guy and Dawn was not believable at all and the ending came on like a freight train. Unfortunate but worth seeing today Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/18/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

      Cast & Crew

      This movie is featured in the following articles.

      Critics Reviews

      View All (38) Critics Reviews
      Manohla Dargis Spin Shot in a cramped and stage-like style, and sounding like warmed- over Mamet, Swimming With Sharks tries to go for the big picture but comes up empty from the first frame to the last. Apr 18, 2022 Full Review Geoff Andrew Time Out The picture's raison d'être has to be Spacey's 'loud and nasty' performance: he's the sort of actor who grabs you by the throat and beats you about the head without ever lifting his feet from the desk. Jun 24, 2006 Full Review Nell Minow Movie Mom Rated: 3/5 Oct 4, 2003 Full Review Jamie Broadnax Black Girl Nerds 'Swimming with Sharks', although it is peak 90s in terms of some scripted dialog on outdated movie references about Shelly Winters and has some super choppy editing, is a fantastic movie to watch. Rated: 4/5 Apr 12, 2022 Full Review Malcolm Johnson Hartford Courant Unfortunately, Spacey's no-holds-barred portrait is about the only reason to take in Huang's low-budget, writing-directing debut. The story line proceeds predictably, though often unpersuasively. Jun 8, 2018 Full Review Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Despite some sharp dialogue, this is a nasty, derivative film, sort of a cross between Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs and Altman's The Player. Rated: C+ Mar 18, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

      Movie Info

      Synopsis Guy (Frank Whaley) is a young film executive who's willing to do whatever it takes to make it in Hollywood. He begins working for famed producer Buddy Ackerman (Kevin Spacey), a domineering, manipulative, coldhearted boss. When Guy also finds out that his cynical girlfriend, Dawn (Michelle Forbes), has been using sex as a career move, he reaches his limit. Guy decides to exact revenge on Buddy by kidnapping him and subjecting him to cruel and unusual punishment.
      Director
      George Huang
      Screenwriter
      George Huang
      Production Co
      Cineville
      Rating
      R
      Genre
      Comedy, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Sep 6, 2016
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $34.7K
      Most Popular at Home Now