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The Cave (2005)



Average Rating: 3.5/10
Reviews Counted: 109
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 97

Despite its stylized and impressive sets, this horror-monster movie mish-mash suffers from endless cliches and wildly implausible plotlines.


Average Rating: 3.1/10
Critic Reviews: 26
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 24

Despite its stylized and impressive sets, this horror-monster movie mish-mash suffers from endless cliches and wildly implausible plotlines.



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Terror lurks deep beneath the surface of the Earth in this thriller. While on a dig in a Romanian forest, a group of scientists make a startling find -- they find a huge abbey, dating back to the 13th Century, which was built over the entrance to a massive network of subterranean caves. Eager to learn what lurks within the caves, the scientists discover to their peril that a large part of the cave system is under water. Undeterred, the remaining scientists hire a team of American spelunkers who

Jan 3, 2006


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All Critics (119) | Top Critics (29) | Fresh (12) | Rotten (97) | DVD (16)

Fright-wise, The Cave is a dry hole.

August 31, 2005 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Spare and single-minded, The Cave is an insistently entertaining piece of pulp.

August 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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The Cave isn't just a bad movie, it's a very, very, very bad movie, so bad that it can't even redeem itself by turning into high camp.

August 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Feels stunningly familiar as it goes through the rote edicts of the scientific crew vs. toothy beastie formula.

August 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Variety
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The Cave is a decently crafted but unoriginal and uninspiring creature feature with a few moments of true entertainment that the rest of the film never matches up to.

March 18, 2011 Full Review Source:

Replete with winged undersea cave monsters, unlikely mountain climbing heroics and a mutating microbe that turns its victims into creatures-in-waiting "The Cave" is a paint-by-numbers thriller lacking in pigment.

June 21, 2009 Full Review Source:

Bland, boring, conventional, cliché, and dumb...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

About what you'd expect from a low budget, B-movie destined to reside among the direct-to-video releases at Blockbuster and the Saturday night features on the Sci-Fi Channel.

September 11, 2006
Christianity Today

O roteiro é ridículo, mas o filme consegue criar algumas seqüências tensas. Ainda assim, empalidece frente ao ótimo (e similar) The Descent.

April 30, 2006
Cinema em Cena

...a dull, thoroughly unpleasant horror flick...

January 15, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

...despite its shortcomings, The Cave does deliver on some of its promises.

December 2, 2005 Full Review Source: Dread Central

The monsters show up and it becomes another run-of-the-mill creature feature, only one that's more dimly lit than usual because of the setting.

October 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Some things, like this movie, are best left undiscovered.

September 23, 2005 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

If you like cold, dark, claustrophobic spaces, I highly recommend you go rediscover The Abyss. If that doesn't work, just go hole yourself up in a closet!

September 21, 2005 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Weekly
Sci-Fi Weekly

I wouldn't even encourage movie-goers who adore this type of film to give it a try because you'd be much better off renting anything from the action section of your favorite video store.

September 18, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Rare is the movie in which it's so blatant that the quest for a lower rating has influenced the aesthetic style so much.

September 16, 2005 Full Review Source: New Times
New Times

The whole thing is pretty dumb, and not tongue-in-cheek enough to make the dumbness fun.

September 8, 2005
Los Angeles CityBeat

Not a classic by any means, but possibly one you might want to add to your Netflix queue for a rainy day.

September 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
Three Movie Buffs

Even among the dogs of summer, The Cave scrapes bottom.

September 5, 2005
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)


September 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Look up pointless in the dictionary and you'll find a movie poster for The Cave.

September 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

The pretty cast gets knocked off in order of attractiveness (the least cute bite it earlier on) and the monsters and action are shot in such a way as to maximize the overall incoherence.

September 3, 2005 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

A generic duffer that's as exciting as a hole in the ground.

September 3, 2005 Full Review Source:

It's dumb folks, yeah it's an "Alien" rip-off, but that's not a terrible thing, it's the complete lack logic and decent dialogue that's the problem.

September 3, 2005
Greenwich Village Gazette

Audience Reviews for The Cave

If you're into caving and diving, you might get a slight kick out of this. If you're not, then don't bother.
January 27, 2013

Super Reviewer

*Spoilers* The underwater photography is beautiful and I liked the idea. I really liked the monsters too, it was a nice idea to begin with but it soon got very silly indeed. The whole concept is ruined by the fact that there was a way out after all, thus making the parasitic monsters that evolved in total darkness and isolation impossible. What I hated most though was the colour by numbers characters, they were mostly unbelievable and could have been replaced with puppets. The last few minutes in the cave were stupid. In one scene, two groups go in different directions, one goes down a river in the opposite direction and the other climbs up half a mile of rock, then walks a further mile and then falls down an icy cliff, only to walk around a corner to greet the other team. Doh! Also, it quite clear the actors have breathing apparatus in their mouths while diving through the underwater caves but we are lead to believe they can communicate via a radio. Stupid. Treat your audience like idiots and your audience won't like it. Shame, as I think it had potential.
January 23, 2013

Super Reviewer

An intrepid group of underground, underwater cave explorers try their hand in Romania (Dracula territory, a tip off), where they've found a new cave, under a mountain, under a church, and discover that they are in turn discovered by flesh eating monstrosities. Claustrophobic spaces, lots of uber-dark, and a music score from Psycho does not prevent science types from wandering off on their own (" hello, don't worry, I'm a doctor, highly trained, did you hear that noise, I'll go by myself to check it out w/this flashlight that don't work and no weapons even though I know something's out there killing us all off ...") one by one ... and the result is predictable movie horror cliches.
May 7, 2012

Super Reviewer

I quite like this movie ive seen it a few times now and although its certainly not the scariest nor the most fantastic storyline it certaily doesnt promise anything that it cant deliver!
Its entertaining enough and kept me thoroughly entertained throughout!
April 11, 2012
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