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Ghosts of the Abyss Reviews

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.
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June 24, 2006
It may not have the organisation of 'art', but it's quite some postcard.
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+
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
April 15, 2003
Aside from his CGI ghostcraft unwittingly co-opting Pat O'Neill's last feature, Cameron is entirely predictable in a marines T-shirt, exhorting, 'Next stop, Titanic -- rock 'n' roll!'
April 14, 2003
Ghosts of the Abyss is an incredible experience that will further enhance our century-long fascination with the Titanic.
April 11, 2003
Besides the considerable technological magic of the film, it's blessedly done without a spirit of vanity.
April 11, 2003
The footage from the dives shows perfectly preserved details from the inside of the ship.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 11, 2003
A mesmerizing journey, made all the more immediate by its reach-out-and- touch-it 3-D.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 11, 2003
A lot like a theme-park ride: occasionally exciting but carefully controlled.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 11, 2003
Documentary dramatizations usually are awful, but in Ghosts of the Abyss, they work.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 11, 2003
The remarkable 3-D photography, which adds amazing depth and detail to the projected image, makes even the pointless passages absorbing.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 11, 2003
Ghosts doesn't need gimmicks to sell itself. Titanic's watery grave is awe-inspiring enough.
Read More | Original Score: B+
April 11, 2003
Though Cameron can't resist using 3D in traditional style -- a deckhand throws out a rope that grazes your head -- he mostly uses it imaginatively.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 11, 2003
It's a unique trip that flirts with hokeyness at the surface but that grows more compelling, awe-inspiring, and tragic the deeper you go.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
April 11, 2003
Not your usual snoozy IMAX documentary.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 11, 2003
We're watching a kid playing video games at a tomb.
April 11, 2003
The footage of the old ship, whose ghostly grandeur is still apparent despite nearly 90 years of existence underwater, speaks volumes.
April 11, 2003
A pedestrian film by a hack director that is still worth seeing for the fascination of its subject matter.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
April 11, 2003
Cameron proves himself modest here, finding an unexpectedly low-key approach to a monumental subject.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
April 11, 2003
Haunting and beautiful 3-D documentary.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
April 11, 2003
The result is often spellbinding, and to mention some of the sights we see is to praise the film's ambition.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 10, 2003
It explores the remains of the marathon ship with such intimacy that you expect all the characters in [Titanic's] ethereal final scene to suddenly appear and offer handshakes.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 10, 2003
Though quite routine on the logistics of deep-sea exploring, pic develops a visual style as it replays the events of the sinking.
April 10, 2003
Rivaling only George Lucas as Hollywood's reigning tech-obsessed gadget wizard, Cameron (who is never introduced, he's just there) seems pretty fascinated by this stuff, but as a filmmaker he has a hard time letting anybody else in on the appeal.
April 10, 2003
A trip to the bottom of the sea that has no real purpose save to flog the wreck of the Titanic, Cameron's cash cow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 10, 2003
The next best thing to riding a sub to the bottom of the North Atlantic and prowling around the sunken ocean liner.
Read More | Original Score: A-
April 4, 2003
Despite over-ripe narration and an understandable urge to cram too much in, Ghosts of the Abyss is a thrilling documentary.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4