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Pandorum (2009)



Average Rating: 4.2/10
Reviews Counted: 82
Fresh: 23 | Rotten: 59

While it might prove somewhat satisfying for devout sci-fi fans, Pandorum's bloated, derivative plot ultimately leaves it drifting in space.


Average Rating: 4.2/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 10

While it might prove somewhat satisfying for devout sci-fi fans, Pandorum's bloated, derivative plot ultimately leaves it drifting in space.



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Two astronauts awaken in a hyper-sleep chamber aboard a seemingly abandoned spacecraft. It's pitch black, they are disoriented, and the only sound is a low rumble and creak from the belly of the ship. They can't remember anything. Who are they? What is their mission? With Lt. Payton staying behind to guide him via radio transmitter, Cpl. Bower ventures deep into the ship and begins to uncover a terrifying reality. Slowly the spacecraft's shocking, deadly secrets are revealed, and the astronauts

Jan 19, 2010


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All Critics (82) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (59) | DVD (11)

Alvart achieves a strong sense of scale, but characters and ideas are lost amid a mess of fight scenes that, oddly, look like outtakes from 'The Descent'.

October 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comments (6)
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The script's twisty, end-of-the-world intrigue saves this otherwise leaden film from total self-destruction.

October 1, 2009 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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As the credit "Produced by Paul W.S. Anderson" attests, this is hackwork of the highest order, lacking in all poetry and barely comprehensible aurally or visually.

September 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Comments (2)
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According to the press notes, pandorum means "Orbital Dysfunctional Syndrome"; whatever that is, by the end of the movie I was convinced I had caught it.

September 27, 2009 | Comments (2)
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A grizzled Quaid and an intense Foster do their best to keep straight faces, but this is not an effort likely to figure prominently on their resumes.

September 27, 2009
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As always, Foster sells the hell out of his role but non-sci-fi fans may well themselves be driven mad long before the end.

September 27, 2009 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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[Pandorum] might seem like a potentially cool movie, but unfortunately the key word is "potentially".

September 15, 2010 Full Review Source: The Standard
The Standard

It takes a brilliant concept and stellar performances and buries them in banality and mediocre scares.

August 12, 2010 Full Review Source:

A gorgeous production design can't save the picture from trying too hard to dazzle with very little inspiration, and while Pandorum is easy to stare at, it can be a seriously punishing sit.

June 2, 2010 Full Review Source: | Comments (4)

A little bit 'Eden Log,' a little bit 'Descent,' and a whole lot of 'Alien,' 'Pandorum' ultimately succeeds as a watchable sci-fi/horror/mystery.

February 20, 2010 Full Review Source: ESplatter | Comments (3)

a sci-fi scenario far less interested in exploring outer space than human interiors where the only 'aliens' are our own monstrous selves, just waiting to leap out of the atavistic shadows.

February 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

It's basically a zombie movie set-up on an industrial spaceship, a fast-moving B-movie that throws out lots of theories that don't stand up to the light of reason...

January 18, 2010 Full Review Source: | Comments (6)

I liked this movie even more on the second viewing. The monsters were trivial, but the plot was intriguing. Granted you would have to be a hard-core sci-fi fan to like this. Paul Chambers, CNN.

January 1, 2010 Full Review Source: CNNRadio | Comment (1)

Veering between alarmist adventure on other planets and assault on viewer senses here at home, the claustrophobic cinematic terrorism seems to come awfully close to wielding a movie as a deadly weapon up on the screen.

December 28, 2009 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

full review at Movies for the Masses

December 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

An unusually unpleasant and unwatchable sci-fi endeavor...

November 1, 2009 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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Clenches its teeth grimly as it blunders through its overstuffed plot.

October 11, 2009 Full Review Source: | Comments (2)

too much of the film devolves into hectic action sequences that makes you feel like someone suddenly dropped you into a blender and turned out all the lights

October 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Comments (6)
Q Network Film Desk

An intensely effective sci-fi chiller, mainly thanks to its canny set and sound design, and its constant, relentless sense of dread and tension.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Comments (2)
Combustible Celluloid

Provides some very intense, memorable chills.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Comments (2)
Combustible Celluloid

flirts with greatness with an impressive first half filled with thrills and solid pacing but it stumbles in its more action-oriented second half.

October 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Gazette (MD) | Comments (8)

Pandorum is a hodge-podge of familiar sci-fi stuff, which feels as if it were adapted from a computer game.

October 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Comments (4)
Empire Magazine

Pandorum's insistence on action sequence after action sequence, reveal after reveal, tension upon tension deadens the effect any of it might have had in a more gracefully developed narrative.

October 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4 | Comments (11)

Pandorum is less a story than a prolonged bout of paranoid hysterics, exuberantly played out on metal gangplanks and inside Stygian tunnels. As such, it works just fine.

October 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Guardian

Murky both literally and figuratively.

October 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Observer [UK] | Comments (3)
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Audience Reviews for Pandorum

Huge sci fi fan and although this movie doesn't make you sick with excitement, it is at best an average sci fi that is enjoyable and doesn't bore you to death.
Enough action to see you through, although predictable it does entertain.
November 2, 2013
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Not scary, which is a big problem for a film that is trying to be a sci fi horror
January 13, 2013

Super Reviewer

I just saw this movie,and for some stupid reason I like it. Yeah! The story isn't good, the acting is not so bad, and again FX are like made in 1980. But there was this nostalgia in me, remembering those so loved movies like Alien, Aliens...maybe wa that.
July 14, 2012
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    1. Lt. Payton: We're not out on the belt collecting data. And we're not hauling cargo. We *are* the cargo.
    – Submitted by rob g (3 years ago)
    1. Lt. Payton: I can't remember any of my life before this flight began.
    – Submitted by rob g (3 years ago)
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