The Cave Reviews


Time Out
Top Critic
June 24, 2006


AV Club
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September 26, 2005


Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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September 3, 2005

Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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September 3, 2005

| Original Score: D

Philadelphia Inquirer
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September 3, 2005

| Original Score: 2/4

Dallas Morning News
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September 3, 2005

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
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August 31, 2005

Fright-wise, The Cave is a dry hole.

Full Review | Original Score: C-
Dennis Lim
Village Voice
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August 30, 2005

Spare and single-minded, The Cave is an insistently entertaining piece of pulp.

Teresa Wiltz
Washington Post
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August 26, 2005

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.

Robert Koehler
Variety
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August 26, 2005

Feels stunningly familiar as it goes through the rote edicts of the scientific crew vs. toothy beastie formula.

Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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August 26, 2005

Somewhere deep beneath the Carpathian mountains, something unholy stirs: It's an unspeakable stinker of a movie called The Cave.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Judy Chia Hui Hsu
Seattle Times
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August 26, 2005

The Cave is an over-the-top horror flick with one novel offering: It's shot amid a stunning network of subterranean caverns.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
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August 26, 2005

A claustrophobic horror film that provides nothing original beyond its underground setting.

Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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August 26, 2005

Why would anybody go in The Cave?

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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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
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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August 26, 2005

The Cave has a brisk B-movie efficiency, and not much space for bad acting, but it is blatantly derivative -- Alien or Predator in a cave.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Tom Long
Detroit News
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August 26, 2005

Logically, all the monsters would eat all the humans at once, and the movie would be over in about three minutes. In the case of The Cave, that would have been a good thing.

| Original Score: D
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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August 26, 2005

Is The Cave scary? Not especially, partly due to the creatures' goofy sound effects.

| Original Score: 2/4
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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August 26, 2005

The Cave answers every question I've ever had about what might happen when a handful of hotties head deep inside the earth. For starters, the middle-aged and intelligent die early.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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August 26, 2005

The Cave is a rare find, a film that is pure formula, yet impossible to follow.

Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
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August 26, 2005

The makers of The Cave must have conceived their plot by Googling 'creature features' and 'recipes for monster mash.'

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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August 26, 2005

A cheesy, often unintentionally funny, direct-to-video-caliber knockoff of Aliens that couldn't be more shallow.

| Original Score: 1/4
Kathy Cano Murillo
Arizona Republic
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August 25, 2005

Despite the occasional chuckles of embarrassment for what the cast (including Morris Chestnut, Piper Perabo, and Eddie Cibrian) must endure, The Cave is a dead end.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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August 25, 2005

A bottomless pit of lame characters, horror-film cliches and improbable monsters.

Claudia Puig
USA Today
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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
Laura Kern
New York Times
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August 25, 2005

The first-time director Bruce Hunt is no stranger to inspired and stylish productions, but his horror-action film fails to inject new life into tired territory.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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August 25, 2005

Ten things I learned watching The Cave. 1. 'Beneath heaven lies hell. Beneath hell lies the cave.' 2. Beneath that lies the theater showing The Cave.

Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
John Anderson
Newsday
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August 25, 2005

Vast and unexplainable, with plenty of places to hide. You'll want to find one.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly
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August 25, 2005

Bruce Hunt's directing debut displays a cold-blooded efficiency and refreshing lack of Michael Bay-ish hyperactivity in what is otherwise a solid if unspectacular action-horror flick.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5