Pandorum Reviews

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Lucius Gore
ESplatter
February 20, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
February 15, 2010
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.
Paul Chambers
CNNRadio
January 1, 2010
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 9, 2009
An intensely effective sci-fi chiller, mainly thanks to its canny set and sound design, and its constant, relentless sense of dread and tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 9, 2009
Provides some very intense, memorable chills.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Xan Brooks
Guardian
October 4, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tom Charity
Times [UK]
October 4, 2009
Riffing on Alien, Sunshine and Resident Evil, the German director Alvart finds an effective balance between action-excitement and psychological chills.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matt Bochenski
Little White Lies
October 4, 2009
Pandorum is dumb, noisy fun. Its flaws are inoffensive inasmuch as Alvart doesn't give off Anderson's noxious vibe of insincerity.
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
October 4, 2009
It's a competent if unoriginal adventure but you do wish Alvart had had the courage of his convictions to go with the Pandorum idea rather bowing to the pressure of convention and basically resetting The Descent in space.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Grant Lauchlan
Daily Record [UK]
October 4, 2009
Oddly for something that's far from original or brilliant, it does make for an absorbing watch.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Michelle Orange
L.A. Weekly
October 1, 2009
The script's twisty, end-of-the-world intrigue saves this otherwise leaden film from total self-destruction.
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
October 1, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Richard Edwards
SFX Magazine
September 30, 2009
The finest interstellar horror in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
September 26, 2009
It's Alien meets The Descent in the new film Pandorum. It's a case of been there, done that. But does Pandorum manage to do it better?
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Keith Breese
Filmcritic.com
September 26, 2009
follows Scott's Alien blueprint to a T but turns things up to 11
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Amy Nicholson
Boxoffice Magazine
September 25, 2009
Christian Alvart lays on the symbolism in this oppressive, captivating galactic thriller
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
September 25, 2009
If sci-fi is your thing, you could do worse.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
September 25, 2009
Alvart's cynicism about the current state of mankind helps make futuristic Pandorum interesting, but what makes it fun is his evident enthusiasm and talent for exploring the conventions of sci-fi films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Justine Elias
Boston Globe
September 25, 2009
Director Christian Alvart and screenwriter Travis Malloy must have seen Aliens in the cradle, for they've digested it with love and delivered smart thrills that will please more than genre fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
September 25, 2009
It's a tight, minimalist Alien-esque "something is loose and hunting people on our space ship" picture that is as claustrophobic as you'd expect, if not quite as paranoid as you might hope.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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