Sanctum Reviews

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
May 3, 2015
I couldn't wait for these people to drown.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
August 26, 2013
While Sanctum isn't a great film, it's enjoyable for the thrilling element.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
The strong special effects can't overcome the story's sour focus on pain and hopelessness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5
Ben Kendrick
October 4, 2012
Mixed in with flat characters and tense action is an incredible 3D visual component - which is where Cameron's involvement in the project is most apparent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ali Gray
September 28, 2012
It's a continuing clash between laughably poor acting and ultra-serious brow-furrowing that renders Sanctum unintentionally hilarious, thereby deflating it completely.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeff Beck
September 21, 2012
The film's lack of a decent story, character development, and performances, as well as its emotional hollowness, make it not worth the time in any format.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
Leah Rozen
October 7, 2011
Its downfall is its cliché-riddled and fusty script.
Neil Pond
American Profile
September 9, 2011
Often feels like James Cameron just playing around with some very expensive bathtub toys -- and treading water until his Avatar sequel comes out next year.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ben Rawson-Jones
Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
Seriously, you'll find yourself more emotionally and viscerally involved by sticking some Lego men in a water filled blender and watching them go round and round.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Mike Barnard
Future Movies UK
June 11, 2011
The tension is difficult to be felt with such flat characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
June 5, 2011
...a well-intentioned yet utterly misguided underwater thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
May 26, 2011
Lacks the Titanic appeal of a James Cameron "event" movie
Grae Drake
May 13, 2011
The script is pretty lackluster.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Glenn Lovell
May 5, 2011
Too bad this film, executive produced by Cameron, is rated R for profanity and gruesome makeup effects. I'm betting it's every 13-year-old's dream escape.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dave White
April 4, 2011
You'll care about as much as you do when someone gets torn apart in a Saw sequel.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
April 4, 2011
Despite its three-dimensional imagery, the film remains resolutely two-dimensional.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Marc Fennell
Triple J
March 1, 2011
A great survival action movie where none of the cast should've been allowed to talk. The script is cliched. Roxburgh is essentially playing Bob Hawke underwater while Ioan Gruffud is inexplicably channeling De Niro.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Rafer Guzman
February 25, 2011
Despite the millions clearly poured into it, the film feels cheap and amateurish. See it on IMAX if you wish, but the flaws will only look bigger.
Martin Roberts
Fan The Fire
February 18, 2011
Its flaws are initially off-putting, but stick with it and Sanctum does do a good job of establishing tension and comes with some well-staged set pieces.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andreas Heinemann
February 17, 2011
For the best part, the actors shut their mouths and the story becomes far more action based.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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