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The Descent Reviews

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Alan Jones
Radio Times

Super-scary and vicious, both psychologically and physically, this cleverly produced chill-ride is edgy British horror at its very best.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 4/5

October 6, 2013

Total Film

Tense, gory and masterfully malevolent.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/5

October 10, 2012
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com

Although Neil Marshall's attempt to justify the U.S. ending is admirable, the original ending is the only way out - providing a chilling bookend to a motif and suggesting what seems like cerulean-tinged peace is actually the solitary solace of madness.

Full Review Source: Suite101.com | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 25, 2010
Brian Holcomb
Kinetofilm

Director Marshall has obviously kept his DVD player spinning for days studying all of the classics and simply taking everything he needed like a Vanilla Ice "Under Pressure"

Full Review Source: Kinetofilm | Original Score: 2.5/5

January 31, 2010
Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Blank screamers, fastidiously amplified "boos," and the most confused intimations of lesbianism since High Tension

Full Review Source: CinePassion

August 30, 2009
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix

The ensuing carnage is ample but not gratuitous; every arterial spray and bone crack makes a point.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix | Original Score: 3/4

April 23, 2009
Sarah Lilleyman
TIME Magazine
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Marshall could very well be the Caravaggio of the B-movie.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

October 15, 2008
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review

It's nasty, unpleasant and sadistic but brutally efficient and undeniably effective.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 3/5

August 7, 2008
Steve Biodrowski
Cinefantastique

[Writer-director Neil] Marshall makes real movies, not just schlockfests designed to sate the lusts of gore-lovers (although there is plenty of gore, too).

Full Review Source: Cinefantastique

July 14, 2008
Lucius Gore
ESplatter

Where the film exceeds 'Dog Soldiers' is toward the end, as Sarah comes to grips with what it will take to survive her ordeal and gets in touch with her feral side.

Full Review Source: ESplatter | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 17, 2008
David N. Butterworth
rec.arts.movies.reviews

Six sexy spelunkers in an underground fright fest make for keen and claustrophobic cinema.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 19, 2007

There are inconsistencies and frustrating ambiguities, but this is another reliable, vigorous horror experience for genre fans.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 4.5/5

September 24, 2007
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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This intermittently effective UK horror thriller carefully establishes the psychological relationships among the women, then squanders this calibrated and generally plausible setup with a series of crude, implausible, and scattershot horror effects.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

September 24, 2007
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com

The Cave done right.

Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com | Original Score: 3/4

August 25, 2007
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

Once it gets going, it shakes you and keeps shaking you.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 5/5

July 30, 2007
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound

The Descent may not be a classic, but it's likely to remain with you for a while.

Full Review Source: Big Picture Big Sound | Original Score: 3/4

July 14, 2007
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs

It is to the film-maker's credit that these scenes are filled with real tension and edge-of-your-seat moments.

Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 2, 2007
David Medsker
Bullz-Eye.com

I would recommend seeing The Descent in the daytime, because the feeling of the sun on your flesh as you walk out of the theater will cheer you up in ways that you had heretofore never imagined. Seriously.

Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com | Original Score: 4/5

May 19, 2007
JoBlo
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

Offered powerful enough performances to keep me engaged throughout.

Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium | Original Score: 7/10

May 18, 2007
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Film Threat

With beautiful direction, a plausible plot, effective but downplayed creature effects, and top notch acting, The Descent takes a tired concept and actually adds a sense of distinction.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 14, 2007
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