This movie doesn't quite succeed. It's worth about two (maybe two and half stars), but not much more. It gets credit for building a little suspense, and a little for pulling at the heart strings at the end of the movie - but not because of the "love story" element which seems forced and really - irrelevant. Claire's relationship with her sister is what really matters in this context it but doesn't get the kind of time needed in the movie to strengthen the viewer's emotional investment in that relationship. A glaring flaw is the notion that Claire (played by Anne Hathaway) who has two Masters degrees and a PhD in psychology is also someone who lacks self-awareness: that premise makes little sense. Apparently the writer (as revealed in the blu-ray Special Features) doesn't quite know or even care what the basic stages of grief are ("anger, or denial, or whatever."). A minimum amount of actual research about psychology might have been a small help to this very amateurish movie script. We are supposed to accept that this brilliant woman is so afraid of taking risks and goes through a transformation of some kind, but it doesn't really work. She is portrayed as overly cautious - for example - she chooses to wear a life vest on a boat - but then when she jumps in the water to "save" Eric - the life jacket simply disappears for no reason at all - other than so the two can kiss: and that is the basic problem with the movie. Things don't flow together; everything appears to be re-written scene after scene, as if the movie wasn't sure what it was going to become next. This movie doesn't really work for a variety of reasons. [SPOILERS ahead, but it doesn't matter, does it?] The movie fails in comparison to other movies that succeeded in a similar theme, notably "The Sixth Sense" and "Ghost." I was very curious to see this movie based on the the reviews of others, but was very disappointed. It's just not that good. It's very poorly written, poorly directed, poorly edited, and although the performance of every member of the cast was very good, their collective effort wasn't enough to save this movie from an absolute thumbs down.