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The Descent Reviews

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Fernando F. Croce
August 30, 2009
Blank screamers, fastidiously amplified "boos," and the most confused intimations of lesbianism since High Tension
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
July 17, 2006
Essentially a more grave, and less unintentionally hilarious, version of The Cave.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Bill Gibron
DVD Verdict
August 8, 2006
For my money, (The Descent) is one of the most overrated and poorly realized spook shows in a very long time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Brian Holcomb
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
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
August 4, 2006
For my money, [the] first 20 or so minutes are the best in the film. Once the real adventure gets underway in the cave, things get less interesting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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.
Brent Simon
August 11, 2006
The most interesting thing is the manner in which old individual grudges, rancor and guilt warp the women's collective survival efforts. There is no gung-ho collective.
Susan Granger
August 8, 2006
A mindless, tense fright-fest
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
August 3, 2006
The Descent is simply a shock-'em, shake-'em genre piece with scare scenes that, however effective, suggest cheap-shop versions of a lot we've seen before.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 4, 2006
The Descent was better when the women were battling nature and their own demons rather than monsters capable of crawling across ceilings.
Read More | Original Score: C+
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
August 4, 2006
Every theater should come with a sign: Your expectations must be this low to ride.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
August 4, 2006
While the movie has wonderful moments of unmotivated tension that make sure we're quite ill at ease from the beginning, it's also got a few too many of the kind of cheap boo-scares that indicate a director not fully trusting his grip on you.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
August 3, 2006
The Descent doesn't need to exist: a script that goes beyond outlandish. Actors who'd flunk out of Make Believe 101. Blind creatures that see things. Did we mention continuity?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
July 8, 2005
Incredibly, Marshall is now being talked of as the great white hope of British horror. Now that is scary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
August 4, 2006
Technical details and weak characters fail to derail the latest frontrunner in blood soaked underground horror.
| Original Score: 6/10
Chuck O'Leary
August 4, 2006
The Descent only works marginally better than last August's similar creature feature, The Cave.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
August 7, 2006
And I thought it was men who never ask for directions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
August 4, 2006
This journey down and inwards, piercing Mother Earth but metaphorically "a descent into madness" and psyche, is not personally involving or convincing.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
May 5, 2006
Neil Marshall's creepfest may see more feminist deconstruction than the original Alien, contemplation the film's unthinkingly slick surface invites but doesn't merit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 9, 2006
Marshall may not have made the deep-dish horror flick he perhaps thought he was, but he has managed to pull off a splattery last act that's all anyone could hope for.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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