As always, Foster sells the hell out of his role but non-sci-fi fans may well themselves be driven mad long before the end.
Clark Collis - Entertainment Weekly
According to the press notes, pandorum means "Orbital Dysfunctional Syndrome"; whatever that is, by the end of the movie I was convinced I had caught it.
Jeannette Catsoulis - New York Times
Pandorum is less a story than a prolonged bout of paranoid hysterics, exuberantly played out on metal gangplanks and inside Stygian tunnels. As such, it works just fine.
Xan Brooks - Guardian [UK]
Director Christian Alvart and screenwriter Travis Malloy must have seen Aliens in the cradle, for they've digested it with love and delivered smart thrills that will please more than genre fans.
Justine Elias - Boston Globe
Throughout, some obvious questions pop up immediately.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
The sort of thing that makes you wish you were playing a video game instead.
Cliff Doerksen - Chicago Reader
Rob Nelson - Variety
It's a tight, minimalist Alien-esque "something is loose and hunting people on our space ship" picture that is as claustrophobic as you'd expect, if not quite as paranoid as you might hope.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
The long middle portion does get tedious, obvious and downright laughable, but sci-fi fans probably won't regret the experience.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Alvart's cynicism about the current state of mankind helps make futuristic Pandorum interesting, but what makes it fun is his evident enthusiasm and talent for exploring the conventions of sci-fi films.
Stephen Cole - Globe and Mail
A grizzled Quaid and an intense Foster do their best to keep straight faces, but this is not an effort likely to figure prominently on their resumes.
Frank Scheck - Hollywood Reporter
Keith Uhlich - Time Out
Mark Kermode - BBC Radio Five Live
[Pandorum] might seem like a potentially cool movie, but unfortunately the key word is "potentially".
Matt Neal - The Standard
A gorgeous production design can't save the picture from trying too hard to dazzle with very little inspiration, and while Pandorum is easy to stare at, it can be a seriously punishing sit.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
A little bit 'Eden Log,' a little bit 'Descent,' and a whole lot of 'Alien,' 'Pandorum' ultimately succeeds as a watchable sci-fi/horror/mystery.
Lucius Gore - ESplatter
a sci-fi scenario far less interested in exploring outer space than human interiors where the only 'aliens' are our own monstrous selves, just waiting to leap out of the atavistic shadows.
Anton Bitel - Eye for Film
Kofi Outlaw - ScreenRant
It's basically a zombie movie set-up on an industrial spaceship, a fast-moving B-movie that throws out lots of theories that don't stand up to the light of reason...
Sean Axmaker - Seanax.com
I liked this movie even more on the second viewing. The monsters were trivial, but the plot was intriguing. Granted you would have to be a hard-core sci-fi fan to like this. Paul Chambers, CNN.
Paul Chambers - CNNRadio
Veering between alarmist adventure on other planets and assault on viewer senses here at home, the claustrophobic cinematic terrorism seems to come awfully close to wielding a movie as a deadly weapon up on the screen.
Prairie Miller - NewsBlaze
full review at Movies for the Masses
Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
An unusually unpleasant and unwatchable sci-fi endeavor...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Clenches its teeth grimly as it blunders through its overstuffed plot.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
too much of the film devolves into hectic action sequences that makes you feel like someone suddenly dropped you into a blender and turned out all the lights
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Provides some very intense, memorable chills.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
flirts with greatness with an impressive first half filled with thrills and solid pacing but it stumbles in its more action-oriented second half.
Jeffrey Lyles - Gazette (MD)
There are some well-executed sequences, but the story makes nothing but a mess of its borrowed ideas.
Edward Porter - Times [UK]
Paul WS Anderson rains down another cinematic crapstorm with Pandorum, a confused, unfocused (sometimes literally) attempt to make an ideas-driven but mainstream sci-fi flick.
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
Pandorum is dumb, noisy fun. Its flaws are inoffensive inasmuch as Alvart doesn't give off Anderson's noxious vibe of insincerity.
Matt Bochenski - Little White Lies
Pandorum is a hodge-podge of familiar sci-fi stuff, which feels as if it were adapted from a computer game.
Kim Newman - Empire Magazine
Murky both literally and figuratively.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
It might make a passable video game. Despite expensive production design, as a movie it is pretty much unwatchable.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
Derivative but mostly just dull, what we have here is an entertainment blackhole able to suck all joy out of a trip to the cinema.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
Pandorum's insistence on action sequence after action sequence, reveal after reveal, tension upon tension deadens the effect any of it might have had in a more gracefully developed narrative.
Catherine Bray - Film4
After two hours in the dark with this loud but hollow hybrid, you'll know "space madness". In a good year for smart sci-fi, Pandorum lumbers and groans.
Kevin Harley - Total Film
Action mayhem full of gibbering hominoids, hanging corpses and a few live stars.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
An appalling script is only one problem with this loud, chaotic sci-fi thriller. It's also directed in such a deliberately confusing way that it's not only impossible to follow the action, but it's impossible to care about the characters.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Do yourself a favour and keep the lid of Pandorum's box firmly closed.
Dean Essner - Sun Online
It's a competent if unoriginal adventure but you do wish Alvart had had the courage of his convictions to go with the Pandorum idea rather bowing to the pressure of convention and basically resetting The Descent in space.
Tim Evans - Sky Movies
Alvart achieves a strong sense of scale, but characters and ideas are lost amid a mess of fight scenes that, oddly, look like outtakes from 'The Descent'.
Nigel Floyd - Time Out
Some scary moments, but its final half-hour is a right old mess, and the title is doomed never to be remembered.
Anthony Quinn - Independent
Pandorum is neither schlocky enough to be an enjoyable genre flick, nor smart enough to provoke any original thoughts.
Mayer Nissim - Digital Spy
Riffing on Alien, Sunshine and Resident Evil, the German director Alvart finds an effective balance between action-excitement and psychological chills.
Tom Charity - Times [UK]
Pandorum doesn't make a whole lot of sense and is shot and edited in a way that only adds to the confusion. In space nobody can hear you scratching your head.
Allan Hunter - Daily Express
Pandorum squanders its excellent premise and the result is a disappointing, barely coherent mess.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Cabin fever in space is a durable idea for horror, but the main feeling this one from the Resident Evil gang is likely to inspire is cosmic deja vu.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
[Pandorum] makes no sense. It doesn't really try to by the end but nevertheless, it should be said up front so that nobody has any illusions about the film since its creators certainly didn't.
Simon Abrams - New York Press
It couldn't keep my attention for even a nano second.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
The script's twisty, end-of-the-world intrigue saves this otherwise leaden film from total self-destruction.
Michelle Orange - L.A. Weekly
Jennie Kermode - Eye for Film
As the credit "Produced by Paul W.S. Anderson" attests, this is hackwork of the highest order, lacking in all poetry and barely comprehensible aurally or visually.
Keith Uhlich - Time Out New York
Not without its scuzzy charms and eye-catching creature attacks, "Pandorum" generates all the stylish muster it can. Still, it feels like a Christopher Lambert film that would have gone straight to VHS about 15 years ago.
Nick Rogers - Suite101.com
The finest interstellar horror in years.
Richard Edwards - SFX Magazine
The earsplitting soundtrack, nauseating camera work, and stroboscopic editing are a high price to pay for little reward.
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
It's moderately amusing if you're in the mood, but it's incredibly lacking in invention.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
So bad it ought to be based on a video game.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Over-acting is endemic. Quaid can't do much with his very limited role, and Foster seems miscast.
John Hazelton - Screen International
Pandorum isn't all that bad. It's a perfectly middle-of-the-road genre flick not quite worthwhile enough to wholeheartedly recommend. And the creatures know kung-fu.
Steve "Uncle Creepy" Barton - Dread Central
Remember the scene in Star Trek where Dr. McCoy talks about all the horrible ways you can die in space? Pandorum is basically a visual aid for that speech.
Rob Vaux - Mania.com
Quaid and Foster spend far too much time trying to figure out what's going on, but audiences are liable to respond only with a dispirited "Who cares?"
Nathan Rabin - AV Club
It's Alien meets The Descent in the new film Pandorum. It's a case of been there, done that. But does Pandorum manage to do it better?
Beth Accomando - KPBS.org
follows Scott's Alien blueprint to a T but turns things up to 11
Keith Breese - Filmcritic.com
Take Ben Foster, have him walk slowly down a dark corridor and see something or someone in the distance, then either have him fall flat on his face, or get a butt-whippin'. Repeat approximately twenty times
Luke Y. Thompson - E! Online
Probably the film's only real saving grace is Ben Foster, who tries hard in the lead, but doesn't have a heck of a lot to work with.
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Parental Content Review
Jim Judy - Screen It!
What's a "Pandorum"? Honestly, they must've explained that bit while I was at concession getting a pretzel. Doesn't really matter though.
Dave White - Movies.com
Dean Essner - National Post
Unfortunately the explanation is full of holes, and anyway less than interesting.
Coco Forsythe - Future Movies UK
What does Pandorum mean? I think it is Latin for stinky movie.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
For fans of the genre I can't see Pandorum disappointing.
Matthew Razak - Examiner.com
By the time one of the creatures tosses a character a pipe and they proceed to martial arts fight, it's safe to presume that a shark has been jumped and there is no turning things around.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
If sci-fi is your thing, you could do worse.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
The further Bower journeys into the spacecraft's bowels, with Payton providing navigation tips from back in their original sleep chamber, the less Pandorum unnerves.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
Cobbled together from chunks of Battlestar Galactica, The Descent, Serenity, Cube, Resident Evil, Event Horizon and Alien ... Pandorum is an efficient scare machine if you ignore the plot contrivances.
Maitland McDonagh - Horror Hacker
Pandorum isn't all that bad, it just isn't good either. Fans of films like Event Horizon, Alien 3, and Resident Evil are sure to get their money worth, but I feel anyone outside of the "club" is sure to be disappointed. Watch with caution.
Brad Miska - Bloody Disgusting
"Pandorum" -- in which astronauts wake up, disoriented, in a craft that is terrorized by violent creatures -- is not original, but I figure any movie as icky as "Pandorum" is doing something right.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Christian Alvart lays on the symbolism in this oppressive, captivating galactic thriller
Amy Nicholson - Boxoffice Magazine
In space, no one can hear you snore.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
When nothing else is of interest one can always stare at German actress Antje Traue's cleavage . . .
James O'Ehley - Sci-Fi Movie Page