Sanctum Reviews

  • A lean, clear-headed 3-D thriller that knows exactly where it's headed from the moment its adrenaline junkie explorers dive into the world's biggest cave in Papua New Guinea.

    Adam Markovitz — Entertainment Weekly

  • The director Alister Grierson, not grasping that bad dialogue is sometimes best delivered quietly, encourages his actors to shout and thrash about, and so they do, like fish out of water and performers out of their depth.

    Manohla Dargis — New York Times

  • Actually being stuck in a remote waterlogged grotto might be more tolerable than enduring this disaster of an adventure movie.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • Forget 127 Hours: "Sanctum" makes sawing off your own arm look like a minor penalty for the crime of spelunking while clueless.

    Mark Jenkins — Washington Post

  • What we get are three-dimensional caves and two-dimensional characters.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • If you're able to think of characters as just air bubbles to get past, then dive in, the excitement's fine.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • No film in recent memory has been so strenuously at war with itself, although for me, a self-confessed sucker for the IMAX brand of eye candy, the images narrowly-as well as widely-carry the day.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • The rambling, staggering story line toggles clumsily between depictions of natural disasters and human error and/or treachery without ever hitting anything like a stride...

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • "Sanctum" tells the story of a terrifying adventure in an incompetent way.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Here and there an image of spectral beauty, assisted by the 3-D technology, floats into view and captures our imagination. But the script, which really should've been called "Sanctimonium," has a serious case of the bends.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • After a sluggish half hour, this well-crafted adventure kicks into high gear and never lets up.

    Andrea Gronvall — Chicago Reader

  • With ace underwater photography and scuba-diving stunt doubles, Sanctum doesn't stint on action.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • If not for the by-the-numbers script, a slim collection of underdeveloped characters and generally flat acting, the film could have had a real punch.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Really bad acting set against often-stunning cave-wall backdrops and underwater action sequences. Naturally, James Cameron is the executive producer.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • A subterranean survival epic that expertly tightens the screws even as one wishes it would keep a tighter mouth-clamp on its increasingly whiny characters.

    Justin Chang — Variety

  • "Sanctum" turns out to be as gripping as plankton.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • Predictable. But the chills and thrills work, and it is gorgeous to look at.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

  • For much of the film, and despite groan-worthy dialogue that often takes you right out of the picture, you'll likely be holding your breath in genuine suspense.

    Peter Howell — Toronto Star

  • Released over Super Bowl weekend, it makes perfect sense that Sanctum is horrid. What studio expects anyone to go to the theater on Sunday?

    Laremy Legel —

  • Stick that camera down an aquatic cave, wrap a paper-thin plot around it, slap the whole thing up on an IMAX screen and call it a movie. More truth in advertising: Call it a lame movie.

    Rick Groen — Globe and Mail

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