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Sanctum Reviews

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Roe McDermott
Hot Press
March 11, 2016
Coupled with Frank's borderline sociopathic 'survival of the fittest' philosophy and his son Rhys Wakefield's bland sulkiness, there's not one likeable character to care about when things go wrong.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Jeff Beck
September 21, 2012
The film's lack of a decent story, character development, and performances, as well as its emotional hollowness, make it not worth the time in any format.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
The strong special effects can't overcome the story's sour focus on pain and hopelessness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.0/5
Neil Pond
American Profile
September 9, 2011
Often feels like James Cameron just playing around with some very expensive bathtub toys -- and treading water until his Avatar sequel comes out next year.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Grae Drake
May 13, 2011
The script is pretty lackluster.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Shaun Munro
What Culture
February 10, 2011
[S]urely the worst thing James Cameron has dared waft his fortune close to.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dominic Radcliffe
Little White Lies
February 3, 2011
Inoffensive but extremely and earnestly dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
February 6, 2011
Exciting visions of a watery 'other-world' wonder from Cameron ... turn into a lengthy cave-exploring/father-son-hugging tedium.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Martain
The Mercury
February 10, 2011
Sanctum would have worked well as one of those novelty 3D eye-candy shorts, but I didn't care about any of the thinly drawn characters or anything that happened to them.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
Mike Barnard
Future Movies UK
June 11, 2011
The tension is difficult to be felt with such flat characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
Josh Bell
Las Vegas Weekly
February 3, 2011
The thrill and wonder wears off quickly, with the story becoming repetitive and the sappy father-son bonding between the two main characters ringing false.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
February 2, 2011
Ultimately it is impossible to lose yourself in the stunning 3D cinematography when you are constantly fighting back the urge to tell the characters to shut up.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture
February 1, 2011
Sanctum shows us just how exciting cave diving can be in moderation, and just how mind-numblingly dull it is after 109 endlessly watery minutes.
Don Groves
February 1, 2011
Subterranean thriller buries plot, unlikable characters and tension.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
February 2, 2011
Documentary filmmaker turned writer Andrew Wight is unable to convert his own real-life experiences of being trapped by flood waters into the emotional depth of other survival movies like The Descent, Buried and 127 Hours.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ali Gray
September 28, 2012
It's a continuing clash between laughably poor acting and ultra-serious brow-furrowing that renders Sanctum unintentionally hilarious, thereby deflating it completely.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 3, 2011
"Sanctum" tells the story of a terrifying adventure in an incompetent way.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Nell Minow
February 3, 2011
The stunningly beautiful cave scenes are breathtakingly realistic...The plot and characters, not so much.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
February 3, 2011
Here and there an image of spectral beauty, assisted by the 3-D technology, floats into view and captures our imagination. But the script, which really should've been called "Sanctimonium," has a serious case of the bends.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
William Goss
February 4, 2011
While it approaches its life-or-death dilemmas with an entirely straight face, the sense of peril is undone at nearly every turn by paint-by-numbers characterizations and cringe-worthy lines of dialogue.
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