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Phantom Reviews

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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-
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 1, 2013
The film remains mediocre, with flat cinematography and crudely anachronistic dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
March 1, 2013
A game effort by a decent cast highlights the old-fashioned submarine thriller "Phantom," but heavy-handed dialogue, flurries of melodrama and a silly ending make the whole enterprise sink like a stone.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 1, 2013
It's not something you want to plunk down $12 for, but just diverting enough to check out when it arrives on Netflix Instant.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
March 1, 2013
[Its] admirable air of realism dissipates once Robinson takes viewers outside the sub, where torpedo skirmishes are staged with too-perfect CGI bombast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
February 28, 2013
"Phantom" has a pulpy B-movie intensity and economy to match its cast of quality character actors.
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
February 28, 2013
The basis for the film's confusing, cliché-stuffed plot is the mysterious sinking of a Soviet submarine in 1968 - an event around which Mr. Robinson spins a yarn of unpardonable monotony.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
February 28, 2013
A modest thriller propelled by a strong cast and straightforward storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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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
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
February 28, 2013
A challenge that offers zero rewards.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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February 28, 2013
Phantom offers no more plausible a vision of the doomed K-129 than A Good Day to Die Hard does of post-meltdown Chernobyl.
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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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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
February 28, 2013
The plot is dragged down by a script filled with awkward exposition and blunt audience cues.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
February 28, 2013
A film that promises the threat of World War III sinks limply into the murky depths.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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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
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 28, 2013
Much of what's contained in Phantom is at best speculative and at worst completely made-up. But, regardless of the accuracy, it makes for compelling viewing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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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Rex Reed
New York Observer
February 27, 2013
To sustain tension, you need the kind of claustrophobic camera movement, high-strung talk and gritty character development that are badly needed in any submarine movie and are sadly missing in Phantom.
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Chris Packham
Village Voice
February 26, 2013
What is up with combinations of Ed Harris, water, and unbelievably hokey endings?
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Michael Atkinson
Time Out
February 26, 2013
As far as such potboilers go, Phantom is literate, tense and, thankfully, modest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Justin Chang
Variety
February 25, 2013
The potential for screw-tightening suspense gets lost amid the ineffectual dramatics in Phantom.