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Sanctum Reviews

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Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
August 26, 2013
While Sanctum isn't a great film, it's enjoyable for the thrilling element.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ben Kendrick
October 4, 2012
Mixed in with flat characters and tense action is an incredible 3D visual component - which is where Cameron's involvement in the project is most apparent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Glenn Lovell
May 5, 2011
Too bad this film, executive produced by Cameron, is rated R for profanity and gruesome makeup effects. I'm betting it's every 13-year-old's dream escape.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marc Fennell
Triple J
March 1, 2011
A great survival action movie where none of the cast should've been allowed to talk. The script is cliched. Roxburgh is essentially playing Bob Hawke underwater while Ioan Gruffud is inexplicably channeling De Niro.
| Original Score: 3/5
Martin Roberts
Fan The Fire
February 18, 2011
Its flaws are initially off-putting, but stick with it and Sanctum does do a good job of establishing tension and comes with some well-staged set pieces.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andreas Heinemann
February 17, 2011
For the best part, the actors shut their mouths and the story becomes far more action based.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
February 15, 2011
Director Alister Grierson nicely juggles the requirements of confined space adventure with the movie's somewhat more pedestrian human drama. No need for a 3-D presentation, though.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
February 11, 2011
... everybody, including director Alister Grierson, does their middling best ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
February 11, 2011
A brawny adventure-disaster film notable for its reliance on dangerous practical effects and stuntwork rather than CGI.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
February 10, 2011
Despite the lapses in dialogue, what never flagged was the magnificence of the photography and in the end, it is those breathtaking images the left the deepest impression.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)
February 7, 2011
The action doesn't quite conjure up the claustrophobic intensity you expect but the father-son-storyline is sufficiently muscular.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
February 6, 2011
Undergirding the cheesy dramatics here is an intense, fiercely technical adventure movie, one obsessed with the unpleasant realities of being trapped in a waterlogged cave.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Ethan Alter
NYC Film Critic
February 6, 2011
A film of modest ambition that mostly lives up to the low bar it sets for itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Bayer
The Scorecard Review
February 5, 2011
Sanctum? Dang near killed 'em.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Top Critic
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
February 4, 2011
After a sluggish half hour, this well-crafted adventure kicks into high gear and never lets up.
Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
February 4, 2011
Pity about the characters: the script gives them little in the way of individuality. Down there, and up-close, you need more than archetypes. Still, a tense and spectacular film.
Nick De Semlyen
Empire Magazine
February 4, 2011
Workmanlike suspenser, with plenty of cold water but sparse chills. When it comes to James Cameron scuba thrillers, The Abyss still has the edge.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
February 4, 2011
If the 3D is passable and there are some moments of tension, Sanctum has big problems.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?
February 4, 2011
Silly, soggy but certainly suspenseful, Sanctum is a B-movie pick-me-up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Mike Scott
February 4, 2011
Aside from the cast of archetypes and the dash of confusion generated by some less than smooth editing during the film's crisis scenes, Sanctum is fairly entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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