What Lies Beneath 

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What Lies Beneath: July 21, 2000

A year ago, Dr. Norman Spencer (Harrison Ford) betrayed his beautiful wife Claire (Michelle Pfeiffer). But the affair is over and Claire's oblivious to the truth; Norman's life and marriage seem perfect--so perfect that when Claire tells him she's hearing mysterious voices and seeing a young woman's wraithlike image in their home, he dismisses her mounting terror as delusion. However, as Claire moves closer to the truth, it becomes clear that this apparition will not be dismissed, and has come back for Dr. Norman Spencer... and his beautiful wife. A spellbinding supernatural thriller, What Lies Beneath marks the first pairing of superstars Michelle Pfeiffer and Harrison Ford, teaming them with Oscar-winning director Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump). 2000 Dreamworks SKG

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Ebert UsaToday Mr Showbiz Herald Average
Points 50 50 50 75 56.25


56.25 - Go See At Matinee

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Rating System:

0 - 40 points

Not Worth Seeing
40 - 65 points  Go See At Matinee
65- 85 points Worth Seeing
85-100 points Definitely worth seeing. "A must see!"


Robert Zemeckis 


Clark Gregg,

Steven Spielberg






Harrison Ford as Norman
Michelle Pfeiffer as Claire
J.C Brandy
Dan Block

Running Time

2hr 25min


Rated: PG 13


20th Century Fox and Dreamworks




Official Site






 The People's Review of What Lies Beneath

Rich Wood
score = 70
I enjoy well written ghost stories. I thought What Lies Beneath is a good film, worth seeing. When I saw it last July, I over heard fans of Harrsion Ford say they were disapointed in his character, I think that is why it only got a fair rating. Don't be bias, it is a well directed film. I will buy it soon.

score = None
I think this movie was one of the beat movie.
 I has the thrilling action to make you stay on the edge of your seat, craving more action, more thrills and chill. This movie is "A MUST SEE" for sure.

score = 100
I loved the movie,it was just perfect!The way it ends and the way it starts are so different and inpredictable!Congratulations!

score = 100
comments = This movie was awesome!!I'll definetly get it when it comes on video.It was so jumpy.I'll never get in the bathtub again!One minute it's quiet and the next minute,Boom,everybody's screaming.A must see for those who love thrillers.


score = 60
comments = I loved it! it was actually great it kept me interested the whole time. it made me jump, and movies that make me wonder and jupm like this one, is always number one for me.

score = 100
comments = THIS MOVIE WAS GREAT,,,, What a surprise that Harrison Ford played the bad guy!!!!! At first I didnt know if I liked that , because hes Americas HUNK and a good guy! BUT HE DID A FANTASTIC job! ( as always!!  I want to buy this movie  when it comes out on DVD,,,,,,,,,

score = 100
comments = I think that What Lies Beneath was a wicked good movie.  The directors did an awesome job of creeping the viewers out, and and especially good job of surprising them enough to make them jump in their seats from one point to the next in numerous parts of the movie.  It's a movie that everyone should see.  And i definately think its better than what the critics say.

tamira parish 
score = 100 
I loved this movie! Thankfully I hadn't read the synopsis prior to going. It kept me on the edge of my seat! I appreciate the suspense and thrill--often a lost art in today's movies. Great job!

score = 90 
What Lies Beneath was a very good movie. Everyone in the theaters were jumping out of their seats. Very suspenseful, not to gory, but the last half hour was predictable. Still, a great horror/thriller. With Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer make it even better!

Carol Williams 
score = 90 
I thoroughly enjoyed the movie because everything was very real.  I felt the emotions deeply, from the mother letting go of her little girl to the eccentric neighbors that forced you to snoop to find out what in the heck was going on next door, to the bonding between best friends, to the discovery that your perfect marriage isn't so perfect. I must also confess that many scenes were truly frightening to me.  I got so lost in the story, at one point I jumped and screamed out loud and grabbed my husband (much to the amusement of the guy next to me).  I had to sleep with the bathroom light on last night, I was so disturbed... and I don't even believe in this ghost stuff!  Don't see this movie without someone to grab on to! Yikes!

score = 10 
Do you people in here even *know* what Alfred Hitchcock did?! Comparing this hackneyed cliched-filled movie to Hitchcock (revolutionary) is just sacrilege.  Ebert's review fits this movie very well, indeed, does it *too* much justice.  The scary plot elements were all stuff we've seen before (the bath scenes with the bathtub had me wondering  "There's going to be a woman in there" even before she stepped into the bathroom...Where's "The Shining" when we need it?  Shameless plugs and an endless stream of seen-it-before little tricks to make the audience jump do not make a scary movie in my mind!

score = 100 
This was a great movie!!!  Best one that I have seen in a long time. I was jumping out of my seat even with my eyes closed.  The music was wonderful. It is a definate must see and Michelle and Harrison were great together.  Some predictable parts but that was good it gave me time to cover my eyes.

score = 100 
I really am not swayed by what others say.  Some say this movie is a disappointment.  I was NOT disappointed.  It was the most thrilling, suspenseful movie that I think I've ever seen.  A Hitchcock reincarnate must have worked intensely on this film.  Simply amazing.  Beautiful camera shots and perfectly crafted plot twists.  Alfred Hitchcock would have been proud.

Melissa Salinas 
score = 100 
I think this movie was a excellent film.  There are many startling points in the film.  And that is something that the movie business lacks.

score = 40 
The movie,"What Lies Beneath", was a very scary movie, except it sucked. Very fake and very slow I wouldn't recommend it  to many people, though I thought Harrison Ford did a great job as the "bad Guy."  I will rent it when it comes out.  **

Leland Edward Stone 
score = 50 
Seeing "What Lies Beneath" is like taking another trip through a familiar carnival funhouse: There are a few thrills and a couple of good scares, but little that's unpredictable. Zemekis' film, like the funhouse ride, follows a track that is evident from the beginning; when the viewer emerges at the movie's end, he finds himself exactly where he expected to be. Leland Edward Stone

score = 60 
I would not call this movie "bad", but it certainly was not good, either. The first hour or so was, indeed, quite interesting. The tension was built slowly and the mystery was engaging. However, the last 20 minutes or so bordered on the ridiculous. It became a bad cross between Alfred Hitchcock and the Hallowe'en movies. Rather than giving us a quiet and dignified ending, the audience was subjected to yet another version of the unstoppable killer who just keeps coming back, like that battery-bunny. On the plus side, the acting was very good, especially Michelle Pfeiffer.

score = 90 
It was creepy but sort of predicatable. It was a fun experience. Everyone jumped out of his or her seats, eventhough few were surprised. It was scary without any sensless violence. They should make more movies like that.

score = 100 
My husband and I saw the movie over the weekend and enjoyed it very much. It was definetly a thriller and a very good one. Fantastic movie!

score = 100 
Ford & Pfeiffer were great! Movie had us holding our breath! You felt as if you were there going through it with them. My husband kept telling himself to breathe. Very Alfred Hitchcock with even more intensity! Definitely a must see!

score = None 
Not to seem like a know it all, but as a hardcore movie buff I find it offensive that one would compare that movie to a hitchcock flick...hitchcock was a director whose shots are possibly the most exquisite ever filmed....in all of his pictures there lies a secret meaning behid each single frame...if you talk about storyline, that was not Hitchcock's specialty, he was a director more than a writer, and it is in his directing that he works his magic. If you wish to witness this magic take a DVD player and watch the Psycho shower scene frame by frame...you will be amazed. CORY

score = 100 
This was the best movie I have seen in a long time. It was also one of the scariest movies i have seen. This is a must see!

score = 100 
This movie was the best movie that I've ever seen.  It was full of suspense, and horror.  I was jumping out of my seat most of the time.  Even after the movie was over,I was still getting the chills.  I give all the actors and film crew "Two Thumbs Up".  You did an excellent job! It's a movie that you've gotta see. ****

score = 90 
We thought the film was brilliantly directed, acted, and we loved it! This is the first suspense thriller movie that we've seen in a long while that doesn't rely on superfluous violence and profanity to scare. It toyed with the imagination and always left us on the edge of the seat, and the music intensified the suspense.  You don't get many movies of such quality these days -- it's a must see at the theatre!

score = 80 
I noticed this film has not been getting the best of reviews and I just came from seeing it.  I thought it was a very good movie, very suspenseful and sort of a Hitchcock thriller with a touch of the supernatural.  Why the reviews are average is beyond me.  There were screams in the audience at times and Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer were excellent. Tell Ebert, and the others to wake up!!

score = 100 
I was on the edge of my seat for the whole movie. this is a must see and make sure you bring someone to hold on too. this was the best scary movie ever

score = 100 
Its a must watch,believe me its really good harrison ford is unbelievable..the director has done a superb job.I will recommend it to everyone,.

Stacy and Jim 
score = 90 
We thought that this movie was the most intenst 2 hours and 25 minutes that we've spent in a long time.  It was no stop suspense (it really plays with your mind) ... so much so that we needed a drink afterward.  The movie is scary without resorting to graphic violence.  If you want to scream and be scared--see this movie!

score = 70 
A spellbinding and very scary 2 plus hours.  You could have heard a pin drop in the theater for what seemed like an hour of this movie.  We found it to be great entertainment.  I think it helped that we did not have any idea what the story was about when we went in.  I'd see it again just to watch people's reactions.

score = 60
The first half of What Lies Beneath was the most boring hour ever.  I was ready to walk out except that it's difficult for me to leave any movie.  It was a good thing I didn't leave because the second hour was intense.  There was a lot of action, twists and turns, and fantastic cinematography (great scene of Pfeiffer lying on the floor and the camera pans from facing her to seeing her from under the floor).  I've read a few other reviews that kicked this movie up and down the block but trust me, it wasn't that bad.  There will be a few times that you will jump or scream or both and the audience could always anticipate one of those scenes.

score = 100 
We just got home from seeing the movie, it is a must see. I couldn't stay in my seat for screaming and jumping. It is a good scary movie. Hubby say's like an Alfred Hitchcock movie.

score = None 
i thought that this was a really over the edge movie. i recommened this movie to anyone who loves scary  movies.. and it was shocking to see harrison ford play a bad guy,

score = None 
I would rate it 95- a very psychological thriller, Hitchcock improved upon. The acting was great-went from being funny to scary with lots of suspense.

score = 10 
I absolutely hated this movie.  It only gets a 10 because the actors were really good in their roles and there was some comic relief.  People I would even recommend Pokemon over this film and I am not a little kid.


score = 100 

Just last night my friend and I went to see What Lies Beneath.  We loved it.  It was the scariest, most suspenseful movie I have ever seen. It wasn't your normal "guy running around in a mask trying to kill people," which was nice.... I think we all needed a break from those.  It was about something we all question, Do the people we are close to lie to us?  Can we trust everyone?  And last but not least, Is their life after death?  I found myself screaming (out loud) at some parts and almost in tears at others.  This is definitely a must see movie.  Michelle Pfeiffer and Harrison Ford did an excellent acting job.  I actually raved about it today to everyone, telling them how wonderful it was.  If I recommended one movie, it would, without a question, be What Lies Beneath.



score = 70 

A movie worth seeing definately.  This movie is delivered in a steady pace as clues are revealed one after the other that Norman (Ford) is hiding something from his wife (pfieffer).  There are many eerie seens that should startle the audience as well as a major twist at the end that not many would expect.  This film is a good horror film without the gore that many of today's films contain.  The film is intelligence is noticed because it relies on Ford and Pfieffers good acting, as well as it's eerie sounds and isolated settings, rather than special effects, for its success.  Worth seeing

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