Apollo 18 fails to stay with you because, like the cratered satellite on which it's set, it has no atmosphere.
Keith Staskiewicz - Entertainment Weekly
Accomplishes something the world wasn't really crying out for: it recreates the tedium of watching the later Apollo missions.
Mike Hale - New York Times
For most horror fans it will be kind of a snooze.
Joel Brown - Boston Globe
Reconfirms that most entries in the "found-footage" horror subgenre should remain lost.
Nick Schager - Village Voice
Has no thrills, no chills, no scares and contains a villain, or several of them, actually, that will turn you to stone -- from boredom.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
Despite stretches of skillfully sustained suspense, Apollo 18 ultimately comes across as little more than a modestly clever stunt.
Joe Leydon - Variety
Boredom sets in long before the last muted shriek. And who cares about the astros? We never get to know them anyway.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
The source of the creepy events, when it's finally revealed, is profoundly dull, like a forgettable episode of The X-Files or Fringe.
Eric D. Snider - Film.com
This space-set, "found footage" horror flick never lifts off.
Frank Scheck - Hollywood Reporter
The film takes a startlingly long time to rev up, and even at less than 90 minutes feels thin and at moments like it is playing for time.
Mark Olsen - Los Angeles Times
A potentially cool "found footage" flick that is desperately in need of a lot more brains ... or a lot more silliness.
The movie builds up to a mystery that it never does much to resolve, with its big set piece reveal consisting mostly of a couple of rocks moving.
Will Leitch - Deadspin
The 'found footage' horror movie Apollo 18 recycles the premise of The Blair Witch Project on the moon and still manages a few good scares.
Sean Kernan - We Got This Covered
"The cheap frights don't deliver, the performers bring no pathos and the gimmick behind "Apollo 18″ flat out does not work."
It's impossible to recommend Apollo 18 to anyone but the most staunch found-footage fans. The film fails every requirement of a tense and enjoyable time at the theater.
Ben Kendrick - ScreenRant
"Apollo 18" is another dud in a genre that should have stopped before it got out of hand.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
Feels like nothing more than an attempt to cash in on a trend, and it's a textbook example of how not to do that.
William Bibbiani - CraveOnline
An astonishingly incompetent and interminable piece of work...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Apollo 18 is a mercilessly dull movie that just doesn't make much sense. It's light on thrills, and the found-footage gimmick works against the tension.
R. L. Shaffer - IGN DVD
The REAL reason why we never built bases on the moon by 1999 . . .
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page
if you can push past the suspension of disbelief, it's a pretty eerie ride
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Movies with 'found footage' have become quite popular since the advent of 'The Blair Witch Project.' The authentic feel adds to the horror element as these movies unfold. (One great example is 'The Last Exorcism,' a sadly under-seen movie.)
Linda Cook - KWQC-TV (Iowa)
An intriguing premise that never quite reaches liftoff.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
There are a couple of moments here that are as marrow-freezing as anything in Blair Witch or Paranormal Activity.
Calvin Baxter - SFX Magazine
A simple sci-fi horror with just enough scares to keep you interested.
Kim Newman - Empire Magazine
I can only assume this movie is for people who know virtually nothing about the space program.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
Apollo 18 is an intriguing, if never enthralling, fusion of period space-flight procedural, conspiracy theory, and monster movie.
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
[It] really delivers a fun, tense experience.
Grae Drake - Movies.com
Apollo 18 has some nice ideas, some impressive effects work and a decent finale, but the first half is extremely dull and it's ultimately let down by frustrating sound design work, severe pacing problems and some incoherent editing.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Even as horror films go, this one is terrible indeed, lacking in the one element it would need to succeed on the most basic of terms: scares.
Brett Michel - Boston Herald
[A] zero-intensity space bore.
Dave White - Movies.com
Will bring back a lot memories for anyone who lived through the space race.
Graham Young - Birmingham Post
Apollo 18 is presented with winning earnestness.
D.K. Holm - Vancouver Voice
For the most part, alas, this only goes to show that in space, no one can hear you yawn.
Neil Smith - Total Film
What we have here is Conspiracy Theory 101 all Blair-Witched-up.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Dull, but diverting if you focus on the images' eerie beauty.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
Director Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego exploits every possible tool within the confines of the genre and manages to create moments of true tension and genuine scares.
Tom Brennan - Dark Horizons
So utterly broken at a conceptual level that a truly good film was completely out of the question.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
The documentary look and feel of the movie is impressive until it is overcome by the inaneness of the plot
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Apollo 18 always seems like an attempt at a scary movie edited by scary movie-makers, rather than an actual document from the NASA vaults.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Common Sense Media
Watching people land on the moon isn't all that interesting or photogenic, especially when we know it's pretend.
Chuck Bowen - Slant Magazine
It's 80 minutes of dead air.
In space, no one can hear you scream ... but you'll hear plenty of giggling in the final moments of Apollo 18
Christian Toto - What Would Toto Watch?
Every great horror movement eventually has to make it into space. Hellraiser went there, Jason went there, even Leprechaun went there. Now the found footage genre goes into space. Thank God too.
Fred Topel - CraveOnline
It's a tedious faux documentary, filled with schlocky sound-effects and jarring cuts, utilizing TV actors masquerading as astronauts.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
It's not awful - you just wish they'd made a proper movie out of it.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
Meticulous in its "found" visual details, minorly smart in concept, painfully slow to actually watch and so ridiculous in its big reveal that it almost has to be seen to be believed.
Alison Willmore - Movieline
The film is so difficult to watch, and it's such a chore to discern a sense of place and perspective, that it sits onscreen like a big, dead weight.
Robert Levin - Film School Rejects
It goes to such painstaking lengths for stylistic plausibility that the end product is actually quite dull, squandering its novel 'Paranormal Activity in space' concept as a result.
Shaun Munro - What Culture
A drab and shoddy experimental film.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
The stream of jerky, fuzzy, static-riddled and otherwise distressed visuals...[is] a trick that's gone stale, and 'Apollo 18' doesn't freshen it up
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
It is likely that the only screams heard from auditoriums showing "Apollo 18" will be of the "I paid $10 for this crap!?" variety
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
One giant leap for Big Brother ... scruffy, seat-of-the-pants filmmaking. The kind of thing you don't see much any more ... could do for Lopez-Gallego what 'Dark Star' did for John Carpenter.
Glenn Lovell - CinemaDope
Less concerned with depth and more about the strict skillfulness of capturing an increasingly queasy tone and mood. This is where it works.
'Apollo 18' stands as one of the worst examples yet of a very, very limited subgenre. It doesn't matter if this footage was found or manufactured, because the only good thing that could be done with it involves a match and an accelerant.
Drew McWeeny - HitFix
No final das contas, ate mesmo os dois personagens principais se tornam apenas caricaturas de homens descontrolados e em perigo, abandonando qualquer tentativa de tridimensionalidade.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
The basics are there; it just can't run with them.
Rob Vaux - Mania.com
...let's have an end to this misbegotten subgenre of 'found footage' movies.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Sci-Fi Movie Page
Make no mistake, Apollo 18 is a *terrible* movie.
Keith Phipps - AV Club
Bill Gibron - Filmcritic.com
In space no one can hear you yawn.
NASA nuts and conspiracy freaks might find something to embrace here, but the average viewer is likely to be bored stiff by this overlong, underwhelming chiller.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
If anything, Apollo 18 lacks creative intensity. It's a very lazy attempt at bringing terror to the moon. In fact, it's not even scary, unless of course you consider a sleeping dude opening his eyes and yelling into the camera "frightening"
Brad Miska - Bloody Disgusting
Suffice it to say that the suspense works, and the obligatory sequel hook genuinely intrigues us with its possibilities rather than merely threatening a retread.
Luke Y. Thompson - E! Online
Audiences hoping for something in the vein of Paranormal Activity won't be disappointed, although the film can be faulted for sticking too close to a familiar formula.
Tim Grierson - Screen International
Even with effective atmosphere, a couple of jump scares and a spooky premise, Apollo 18 simply falls apart in the end.
JimmyO - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
More than just a lunar 'Paranormal Activity.'
Thomas Leupp - Hollywood.com
Derivative, dumb, suspenseless and worst of all boring, "Apollo 18" fulfills no expectations except those of the low quality of films released over Labor Day weekend
Todd Gilchrist - The Playlist
Apollo 18 is a surprisingly intense, innovative and well-directed flick that made me jump out of my seat more than a few times!
Kevin McCarthy - BDK Reviews
[N]ot scary. It's not intense. It's not surprising. It's supposed to be all these things and fails completely... It doesn't even work on the limited scale of its own merits.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher