"Swimming Pool is a sophisticated thrill, with superb psychological gamesmanship, explosive eroticism and a rich elusiveness that lingers in your mind. Through camera movement, editing and music – and Charlotte Rampling's carefully controlled performance – Director, Francois Ozon conjures the bursts of creativity and concentration of an artist. Swimming Pool is compelling, graceful and deceptively playful."
"Swimming Pool offers a sustained atmosphere of fear, a journey of utterly believable eeriness. The exteriors in this film are every bit as gorgeous and idyllic as they were in another impressive movie about a person trying to write a book in picturesque isolation: Stanley Kubrick's The Shining. It does capture pretty much the same feeling: the worry that one is either the object of a horrible conspiracy or-worse-going mad."
"With a little sex, some mystery, a little sex, an appealing title and a little sex, Swimming Pool has what it takes to become an art house audience magnet, especially amid the heat of summer. Charlotte Rampling is convincingly cast as a repressed British mystery novelist. Rampling's character warms up as the movie progresses, while Sagnier's becomes more vulnerable – a good match in contrast that both actresses keenly exploit."