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Sanctum Reviews

Leah Rozen
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Its downfall is its cliché-riddled and fusty script.

Full Review Source: TheWrap

October 7, 2011
Rafer Guzman
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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.

Full Review Source: Newsday

February 25, 2011
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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Sometimes the sets look like, well, Styrofoam. So do the actors.

Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 1/4

February 5, 2011
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Stick that camera down an aquatic cave, wrap a paper-thin plot around it, slap the whole thing up on an IMAX screen and call it a movie. More truth in advertising: Call it a lame movie.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

February 4, 2011
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
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After a sluggish half hour, this well-crafted adventure kicks into high gear and never lets up.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

February 4, 2011
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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There's just water, water everywhere - and no one stops to think.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 4, 2011
Laremy Legel
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Released over Super Bowl weekend, it makes perfect sense that Sanctum is horrid. What studio expects anyone to go to the theater on Sunday?

Full Review Source: | Original Score: F

February 4, 2011
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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If you're able to think of characters as just air bubbles to get past, then dive in, the excitement's fine.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

February 4, 2011
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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"Sanctum" is a movie that tries to make you feel that there's this cool thing going on that everybody knows about except you.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

February 4, 2011
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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"Sanctum" turns out to be as gripping as plankton.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 4, 2011
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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The director Alister Grierson, not grasping that bad dialogue is sometimes best delivered quietly, encourages his actors to shout and thrash about, and so they do, like fish out of water and performers out of their depth.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 1/5

February 3, 2011
Mark Jenkins
Washington Post
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Forget 127 Hours: "Sanctum" makes sawing off your own arm look like a minor penalty for the crime of spelunking while clueless.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2/4

February 3, 2011
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Actually being stuck in a remote waterlogged grotto might be more tolerable than enduring this disaster of an adventure movie.

Full Review Source: USA Today

February 3, 2011
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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No film in recent memory has been so strenuously at war with itself, although for me, a self-confessed sucker for the IMAX brand of eye candy, the images narrowly-as well as widely-carry the day.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

February 3, 2011
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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For much of the film, and despite groan-worthy dialogue that often takes you right out of the picture, you'll likely be holding your breath in genuine suspense.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 3, 2011
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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If not for the by-the-numbers script, a slim collection of underdeveloped characters and generally flat acting, the film could have had a real punch.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

February 3, 2011
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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With ace underwater photography and scuba-diving stunt doubles, Sanctum doesn't stint on action.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 3, 2011
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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What we get are three-dimensional caves and two-dimensional characters.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

February 3, 2011
Connie Ogle
Miami Herald
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The action scenes are sometimes horrifying enough to make you gasp aloud. If only the rest of the film were similarly breathtaking.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 2/4

February 3, 2011
Tasha Robinson
AV Club
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While Sanctum is frustratingly familiar, it's easy to get caught up in the action.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B-

February 3, 2011
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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There's no real story here, just a series of gruesome yet weirdly casual deaths, taking place in what looks like the inside of a very big stomach.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 3, 2011
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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A horror movie without a visible monster, a deep dive into shallow characters who bray at one another in a harsh English-based dialect I'm told is Australian.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

February 3, 2011
Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
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The rambling, staggering story line toggles clumsily between depictions of natural disasters and human error and/or treachery without ever hitting anything like a stride...

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 2/5

February 3, 2011
James Berardinelli
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There's something about an effective "man versus nature" film that gets the blood pumping.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

February 3, 2011
Adam Markovitz
Entertainment Weekly
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A lean, clear-headed 3-D thriller that knows exactly where it's headed from the moment its adrenaline junkie explorers dive into the world's biggest cave in Papua New Guinea.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

February 3, 2011
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Here and there an image of spectral beauty, assisted by the 3-D technology, floats into view and captures our imagination. But the script, which really should've been called "Sanctimonium," has a serious case of the bends.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

February 3, 2011
Andrew O'Hehir
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When it isn't killing off its characters one by one during a cave-diving expedition gone wrong, "Sanctum" resembles a Hemingway short story without the story part. Or an episode of "Flipper" without the dolphin.

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February 3, 2011
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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"Sanctum" tells the story of a terrifying adventure in an incompetent way.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 1.5/4

February 3, 2011
Aaron Hillis
L.A. Weekly
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Even the added visual dimension, thankfully used more for spatial recognition than splashing at us, can't compensate for impersonalized characters stuck under rocks. 127 Hours this ain't.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

February 2, 2011
Jake Coyle
Associated Press
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There's plenty of atmosphere and awe, even if it's in the service of a story that starts rote and finds its sea legs only when half the divers have sunk their bones to Davy Jones.

Full Review Source: Associated Press | Original Score: 3.5/5

February 2, 2011
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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Soggy theatrics render this gorgeously-shot underwater 3D excursion more shrill than thrilling.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

February 2, 2011
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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Really bad acting set against often-stunning cave-wall backdrops and underwater action sequences. Naturally, James Cameron is the executive producer.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2/5

February 2, 2011
Justin Chang
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A subterranean survival epic that expertly tightens the screws even as one wishes it would keep a tighter mouth-clamp on its increasingly whiny characters.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 2, 2011
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Predictable. But the chills and thrills work, and it is gorgeous to look at.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 2, 2011
Nigel Floyd
Time Out
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Even in this dim light, one can see every plot development coming a mile off.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 1/5

February 2, 2011
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