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Ghosts of the Abyss Reviews

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Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
September 28, 2012
If you see only one James Cameron-directed movie about theTitanic -and you should - see the one that doesn't star Kate and Leo.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
R. L. Shaffer
September 26, 2012
A bit slow-going and strangely emotionless at times. But Bill Paxton's nervous expressions add humor, and the film's jaw-dropping glimpse at the Titanic are powerful, to say the least.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
September 15, 2012
James Cameron's latest memorial to the spirit that exists mournfully and sadly in utter silence as the effects of time and salinity slowly and inexorably take their toll.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Alice Tynan
Concrete Playground
February 20, 2011
Go and marvel at this spectacular piece of visual history; it's 60 minutes very well spent.
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Ted Shen
Chicago Reader
December 11, 2009
This hour-long feature, edited down from 900 hours of footage, is both a technical marvel and a heartfelt memorial to those who died when the ship sank in 1912.
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
This is a brilliant showcase for IMAX and Cameron who offer an entertaining and fascinating glimpse of history to us all.
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
It may not have the organisation of 'art', but it's quite some postcard.

Film Threat
December 6, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf
July 3, 2003
Not as record setting a motion picture as, say, "Titanic," but more haunting and ethereal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat
April 30, 2003
The Titanic has a haunting beauty that is served well by the movie's 3-dimensional process.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Spence D.
IGN Movies
April 30, 2003
Ghosts of the Abyss is a beautifully rendered middle-of-the-road documentary that strikes a perfect balance between entertainment and education.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
April 29, 2003
In the end, it's the visuals of this film that you want to see, and Cameron doesn't disappoint.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
April 25, 2003
Whenever Cameron leaves the technical tricks, awkward recreations and computer graphics behind and focuses solely on the magnificent remains of the Titanic, the movie is awe-inspiring.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
April 24, 2003
Ghosts of the Abyss is all about the spectacle of a six-story screen and the sensory bombardment of a rope flying at you or bubbles heading for the surface right in front of your nose.
Mark Palermo
The Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
April 24, 2003
For all its shortcomings, Ghosts of the Abyss is an often powerful trek, that showcases the experiential qualities of the IMAX format.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
April 23, 2003
Cameron, who produced and directed it, does a visually splendid job, though what he has fashioned comes down to a logistical footnote to his great, primal, heart-of- the-ocean blockbuster.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
April 22, 2003
One of the rare Imax movies in which the 3-D effects are completely melded into the picture, rather than simply used as a gimmick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Susannah Gora
Premiere Magazine
April 22, 2003
Fascinating, haunting, and poignant 3-D IMAX documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4

April 21, 2003
An extraordinary visual experience offering unforgettable insights into the most famous shipwreck of all time. It will haunt you for a long time afterwards.
April 21, 2003
The film borders on awe-inspiring, borders on wondrous, but unfortunately, Cameron's attempts to cop Spielberg's sense of magic made the film fall sadly short.
Full Review| Original Score: 4/5
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