The Cave Reviews

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Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net
March 18, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 26, 2005
Why would anybody go in The Cave?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Mark Keizer
Boxoffice Magazine
August 26, 2005
Showing no interest in staking new ground, Bruce Hunt is content to make his directing debut by aping scenes from better examples of the horror/thriller genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tyler Hanley
Palo Alto Weekly
August 26, 2005
One plot twist provides a creative respite from the rehash barrage, but this Cave is better explored on DVD.
| Original Score: 2/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
August 25, 2005
This movie unfolds as though the scenes were assembled in random order. At least I think that's what it looks like; it's hard to say because it was so dark and murky looking.
| Original Score: C
Michael Szymanski
Sci-Fi Weekly
September 21, 2005
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!
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
August 26, 2005
Most everyone in the audience, except those rendered unconscious by boredom, will see the 'big twist' plot turn coming well in advance, although the qualifiers 'big' and 'twist' seem overblown and inexact.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
August 25, 2005
A bottomless pit of lame characters, horror-film cliches and improbable monsters.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 25, 2005
Its job is to deliver a few jolty thrills and a couple of laughs and wrap things up before it starts to get too dumb.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
August 24, 2005
Remember: CPR doesn't properly work on women unless their cleavage is visible.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
August 25, 2005
Without 'scary' and 'surprising,' what is The Cave left with? Flying amphibian monsters. Which are great to have in a movie, I'll grant you, but not by themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Bob Grimm
Sacramento News & Review
May 12, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Orndorf
FilmJerk.com
August 26, 2005
The two kings of last August, Morris Chestnut and Cole Hauser, return to the screen for another late summer turkey
Full Review | Original Score: D-
Kit Bowen
Hollywood.com
September 3, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
June 21, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 25, 2005
'Something's not right here,' proclaims one of the characters exploring the creepy depths of The Cave. We couldn't have said it better ourselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
Bland, boring, conventional, cliché, and dumb...
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Brent Simon
FilmStew.com
August 26, 2005
The film's creatures are quite derivative, while one of the most intriguing revelations pertaining to them is never convincingly exploited or properly explained.
Willie Waffle
WaffleMovies.com
August 25, 2005
Director Bruce Hunt shouldn't be allowed to film a birthday party, let alone a major motion picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
January 15, 2008
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
September 3, 2005
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Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
Gary Dowell
Baltimore City Paper
January 22, 2010

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September 2, 2005

Boston Phoenix
September 3, 2005
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
September 3, 2005
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AV Club
September 26, 2005
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June 24, 2006

Los Angeles Daily News
December 30, 2006
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