YMMV / Jaws 3D

  • Awesome Music: The love theme is quite nice, and the score for the climax is far more exciting then the actual climax itself.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Watch this film after seeing Blackfish and you won't be able to not notice the sickly orca dorsal fins.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • Seven years after the film's release, a Jaws ride opened with Universal Studios Florida in 1990, just down the street from SeaWorld, where this film was set.
    • This film wouldn't be the last time a shark is depicted attacking Orlando, as in 2015, Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! had sharks unleashing mayhem at Universal Orlando.
  • Narm: Anytime the shark moves, really.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Dennis Quaid starred as Michael Brody - about three months before the release of The Right Stuff.
    • Lea Thompson made her film debut here. As above, three months later All The Right Moves came out.
  • Sequelitis: Many people argue on which is worse, this or the one with a stalking, and roaring, shark.
  • So Bad, It's Good
  • Special Effect Failure: Every shot of the shark, particularly the scene where it breaks the aquarium's glass shield.
    • When the shark blows up, its intestine and teeth pop out from nowhere. And the explosion accompanying it looks like it's from an Atari 2600.
    • Let's not forget the floating fish head at the beginning. Or the mini-sub that exposes part of the chroma-keyed background through its cockpit. Or the constant reuse of Mike and the dolphins swimming away from the shark.
    • And the final shot with the incredibly fake dolphins.
    • Probably a poster child for 3D effects done wrong.
  • Vindicated by History: The film's reception to the general public has had a bizarre zigzag through history. On release, critics were mixed to negative at best, but the general audience did enjoy it. Then, especially as the 3D shots began to look more and more dated, sentiments greatly soured. But as the years went by with both the sequel and many other killer shark films being both poorly made and by the books Jaws 1 and 2 rip-offs, Jaws 3-D's reception has warmed.
  • What An Idiot: The first victim, who breaks the cardinal rule of diving: diving alone (or without telling anyone where he was going) to inspect a malfunctioning underwater gate. Even if there hadn't been a huge shark out there, some other disaster could have easily have happened with no one to rescue him—indeed, until his mangled corpse is found, there's considerable speculation from everyone—his wife, his friends, his employers, that he may have just run off on a bender.