The Descent - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Descent Reviews

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July 31, 2014
Here is a movie so precise and cautious with its material that every moment, every suggestion or action, becomes an experience that involves us to alarming lengths.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 6, 2013
Super-scary and vicious, both psychologically and physically, this cleverly produced chill-ride is edgy British horror at its very best.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 10, 2012
Tense, gory and masterfully malevolent.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 25, 2010
Although Neil Marshall's attempt to justify the U.S. ending is admirable, the original ending is the only way out - providing a chilling bookend to a motif and suggesting what seems like cerulean-tinged peace is actually the solitary solace of madness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 31, 2010
Director Marshall has obviously kept his DVD player spinning for days studying all of the classics and simply taking everything he needed like a Vanilla Ice "Under Pressure"
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
August 30, 2009
Blank screamers, fastidiously amplified "boos," and the most confused intimations of lesbianism since High Tension
April 23, 2009
The ensuing carnage is ample but not gratuitous; every arterial spray and bone crack makes a point.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 15, 2008
Marshall could very well be the Caravaggio of the B-movie.
August 7, 2008
It's nasty, unpleasant and sadistic but brutally efficient and undeniably effective.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 14, 2008
[Writer-director Neil] Marshall makes real movies, not just schlockfests designed to sate the lusts of gore-lovers (although there is plenty of gore, too).
June 17, 2008
Where the film exceeds 'Dog Soldiers' is toward the end, as Sarah comes to grips with what it will take to survive her ordeal and gets in touch with her feral side.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 19, 2007
Six sexy spelunkers in an underground fright fest make for keen and claustrophobic cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 24, 2007
There are inconsistencies and frustrating ambiguities, but this is another reliable, vigorous horror experience for genre fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
September 24, 2007
This intermittently effective UK horror thriller carefully establishes the psychological relationships among the women, then squanders this calibrated and generally plausible setup with a series of crude, implausible, and scattershot horror effects.
August 25, 2007
The Cave done right.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 30, 2007
Once it gets going, it shakes you and keeps shaking you.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
July 14, 2007
The Descent may not be a classic, but it's likely to remain with you for a while.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 2, 2007
It is to the film-maker's credit that these scenes are filled with real tension and edge-of-your-seat moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 19, 2007
I would recommend seeing The Descent in the daytime, because the feeling of the sun on your flesh as you walk out of the theater will cheer you up in ways that you had heretofore never imagined. Seriously.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 18, 2007
Offered powerful enough performances to keep me engaged throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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