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The Cave Reviews

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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
September 3, 2005
| Original Score: D
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Philadelphia Inquirer
September 3, 2005
| Original Score: 2/4
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Dallas Morning News
September 3, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
August 31, 2005
Fright-wise, The Cave is a dry hole.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
August 30, 2005
Spare and single-minded, The Cave is an insistently entertaining piece of pulp.
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Teresa Wiltz
Washington Post
August 26, 2005
The Cave isn't just a bad movie, it's a very, very, very bad movie, so bad that it can't even redeem itself by turning into high camp.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
August 26, 2005
Feels stunningly familiar as it goes through the rote edicts of the scientific crew vs. toothy beastie formula.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
August 26, 2005
Somewhere deep beneath the Carpathian mountains, something unholy stirs: It's an unspeakable stinker of a movie called The Cave.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Judy Chia Hui Hsu
Seattle Times
August 26, 2005
The Cave is an over-the-top horror flick with one novel offering: It's shot amid a stunning network of subterranean caverns.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
August 26, 2005
A claustrophobic horror film that provides nothing original beyond its underground setting.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 26, 2005
Why would anybody go in The Cave?
| Original Score: 1/5
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
August 26, 2005
Most everyone in the audience, except those rendered unconscious by boredom, will see the 'big twist' plot turn coming well in advance, although the qualifiers 'big' and 'twist' seem overblown and inexact.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
August 26, 2005
The Cave has a brisk B-movie efficiency, and not much space for bad acting, but it is blatantly derivative -- Alien or Predator in a cave.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
August 26, 2005
Logically, all the monsters would eat all the humans at once, and the movie would be over in about three minutes. In the case of The Cave, that would have been a good thing.
| Original Score: D
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
August 26, 2005
Is The Cave scary? Not especially, partly due to the creatures' goofy sound effects.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
August 26, 2005
The Cave answers every question I've ever had about what might happen when a handful of hotties head deep inside the earth. For starters, the middle-aged and intelligent die early.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
August 26, 2005
The Cave is a rare find, a film that is pure formula, yet impossible to follow.
| Original Score: 0/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
August 26, 2005
The makers of The Cave must have conceived their plot by Googling 'creature features' and 'recipes for monster mash.'
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
August 26, 2005
A cheesy, often unintentionally funny, direct-to-video-caliber knockoff of Aliens that couldn't be more shallow.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Kathy Cano Murillo
Arizona Republic
August 25, 2005
Despite the occasional chuckles of embarrassment for what the cast (including Morris Chestnut, Piper Perabo, and Eddie Cibrian) must endure, The Cave is a dead end.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
August 25, 2005
A bottomless pit of lame characters, horror-film cliches and improbable monsters.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 25, 2005
'Something's not right here,' proclaims one of the characters exploring the creepy depths of The Cave. We couldn't have said it better ourselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Laura Kern
New York Times
August 25, 2005
The first-time director Bruce Hunt is no stranger to inspired and stylish productions, but his horror-action film fails to inject new life into tired territory.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 25, 2005
Ten things I learned watching The Cave. 1. 'Beneath heaven lies hell. Beneath hell lies the cave.' 2. Beneath that lies the theater showing The Cave.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
August 25, 2005
Vast and unexplainable, with plenty of places to hide. You'll want to find one.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly
August 25, 2005
Bruce Hunt's directing debut displays a cold-blooded efficiency and refreshing lack of Michael Bay-ish hyperactivity in what is otherwise a solid if unspectacular action-horror flick.
| Original Score: 3/5