...a semi-sophisticated shocker, playfully homaging Hitchcock like a mechanical masterclass in doing ‘genre’.
It's hugely derivative of Hitchcock, but the professionalism of its stylistic excesses turns a clearly manufactured experience into a mammothly pleasurable one.
Pfeiffer is very good in the movie; she is convincing and sympathetic and avoids the most common problem for actors in horror films--she doesn't overreact. Her character remains self-contained and resourceful...
What lies beneath What Lies Beneath are the good bones of Alfred Hitchcock, propping up an unwieldy modern suspense thriller with the strength of an old champ.