The Descent Reviews

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David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
July 31, 2014
Here is a movie so precise and cautious with its material that every moment, every suggestion or action, becomes an experience that involves us to alarming lengths.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Alan Jones
Radio Times
October 6, 2013
Super-scary and vicious, both psychologically and physically, this cleverly produced chill-ride is edgy British horror at its very best.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Total Film
October 10, 2012
Tense, gory and masterfully malevolent.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nick Rogers
Suite101.com
September 25, 2010
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
Tom Meek
Boston Phoenix
April 23, 2009
The ensuing carnage is ample but not gratuitous; every arterial spray and bone crack makes a point.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Sarah Lilleyman
TIME Magazine
October 15, 2008
Marshall could very well be the Caravaggio of the B-movie.
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
It's nasty, unpleasant and sadistic but brutally efficient and undeniably effective.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Steve Biodrowski
Cinefantastique
July 14, 2008
[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).
Lucius Gore
ESplatter
June 17, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3.5/4
David N. Butterworth
rec.arts.movies.reviews
November 19, 2007
Six sexy spelunkers in an underground fright fest make for keen and claustrophobic cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 24, 2007
There are inconsistencies and frustrating ambiguities, but this is another reliable, vigorous horror experience for genre fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
August 25, 2007
The Cave done right.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
July 30, 2007
Once it gets going, it shakes you and keeps shaking you.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
The Descent may not be a classic, but it's likely to remain with you for a while.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Scott Nash
Three Movie Buffs
June 2, 2007
It is to the film-maker's credit that these scenes are filled with real tension and edge-of-your-seat moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
David Medsker
Bullz-Eye.com
May 19, 2007
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 | Original Score: 4/5
JoBlo
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
May 18, 2007
Offered powerful enough performances to keep me engaged throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Film Threat
May 14, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jeremy Knox
Film Threat
May 14, 2007
This is an accessible art house horror film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
A nifty little horror item.
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