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Phantom Reviews

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Top Critic
Chris Packham
Village Voice
February 26, 2013
What is up with combinations of Ed Harris, water, and unbelievably hokey endings?
Jake Mulligan
Boston Phoenix
February 28, 2013
Crimson Tide this isn't.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
February 26, 2013
Watchable, thanks to a stellar cast of character players.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Margot Harrison
Seven Days
May 22, 2013
It's fun just to hear the lingo and watch the sailors go about their tasks, but not so fun when the captain's Dark Secret starts giving him cheesy, strobing flashbacks.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Nell Minow
Beliefnet
February 28, 2013
Writer/director Todd Robinson clearly cares passionately about the material but he loses track of the narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
February 27, 2013
There's a lot to like about Phantom, but the movie, like the rust-bucket old submarine in which most of it takes place, would be better off dry-docked.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
February 28, 2013
How did this submarine movie turn out so unseaworthy?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
March 7, 2013
Scuttle it.
Robert Levin
amNewYork
March 1, 2013
We get stern orders, dry technospeak and the occasional physical incident, but far less than what's required in such an apocalyptic setting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
February 26, 2013
Mostly bland and often confusing, Phantom had potential to be a better movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times
February 28, 2013
Ed Harris in "Phantom" is like Steve Carlton with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1972 - delivering a wall-to-wall, amazing performance that's lost in a sea of dreadfulness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
March 3, 2013
Ed Harris and company can't lift this one off the seafloor, and "Phantom" fades away into the murky mist.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
February 23, 2013
Todd Robinson's film is a third-rate submarine-set drama until, in its final moments, it sinks to fourth-rate.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
March 1, 2013
When it's focused, it comes together in satisfactory way, blending crew procedures with stratagem. When it loses its step, it's utterly forgettable, even with its submarine setting.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
February 25, 2013
The cinematic offenses committed by the filmmakers of "Phantom" are varied and many.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
February 28, 2013
As one might expect from a submarine drama, Phantom is claustrophobic and confining. If only it were compelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Willie Waffle
WaffleMovies.com
March 1, 2013
At first glance, Phantom has the promise of being one of those surprise sleeper movies ... then, like me, you fall asleep for 10 minutes during the movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
February 28, 2013
An intriguing premise based on a real life Rogue Russian submarine back in 1968 is ruined by muddled story telling which saps any suspense out of a vehicle that should have been fueled by it.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
March 1, 2013
Techs are OK and the cramped claustrophobia of pre-nuclear submarines is palpable. But, "Phantom" does not approach the last great submariner flick, "Das Boot (1981)"...
Full Review | Original Score: C
Susan Granger
SSG Syndicate
March 10, 2013
Inexcusably tedious, resulting in yawning boredom
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
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