...a movie that isn't crummy, exactly, just blah...
—Jeannette Catsoulis New York Times
It's refreshing to see Shark Night 3D director David R. Ellis try to pull off a semi-sincere second-generation Jaws rip-off, even if he doesn't quite succeed.
—Simon Abrams Slant Magazine
—Peter Paras E!
Shark Night 3D is such a disappointment.
—Bill Gibron filmcritic.com
...a dumb Louisiana-flick...
—John DeFore Hollywood Reporter
...the worst movie of the summer, arriving on the last weekend of the summer.
—Roger Moore Chicago Tribune
Sharks have it bad enough as endangered, misunderstood predators with a terrible public relations image without seeing their serial-killing stardom drowned out by hammy acting and torture-porn villainy.
—Robert Abele Los Angeles Times
...makes bait of the usual batch of buff and buxom collegiates, but without a hint of the humor in Dimension's year-old gnasher film.
—Rob Nelson Variety
...a ho-hum series of kills and lulls so predictable that it doesn't even look like much fun for the sharks; when they open wide, they might as well be yawning.
—Adam Markovitz Entertainment Weekly
Everything about the storyline, the shooting, the acting, and the editing seems like it was determined on the set via a spin on the What Kind Of Film Are We Making Today? wheel.
—Tasha Robinson Onion AV Club