Dan Cole’s review:
From the first frame to the last, Spielberg's film grabs hold of you and never lets go. It is a genuine masterpiece of suspense and terror, as Spielberg raises B-movie high concept material into a cinematic milestone. Part horror, part thriller, part adventure and part drama, Jaws has it all and manages to balance each aspect perfectly. Spielberg and editor Verna Fields work together to create an atmosphere of suspense that is rarely seen these days. Never really showing the shark until the climax and allowing the audience to create their own fear through their imagination. The narrative is simplicity itself, which is why the whole thing works so well. Add to this three unforgettable lead performances from Roy Schreider, Richard Dreyfuss and Robert Shaw and you have believable characters making a ridiculous situation seem all the more real and terrifying. Robert Shaw is the stand out performance though, as his Quint is a tour de force. It would be remiss not to menton John Williams simple but utterly iconic score, it is a thing of beauty. These aspects are why the film has left a permanent mark on cinema history and changed the industry forever. It made Spielberg a household name and has inspired a plethora of film-makers. The most effective horror thriller ever made, Jaws is not only one of the greatest blockbusters of all time, but is one of the greatest films of all time.