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Based on 33 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 25 )
  • 25
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    The movie ultimately reveals itself as a pretender with no balls. Creatively, it's all wet. show more

  • 50
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Sanctum is by no means a badly made movie, but it has the feel of one of those dramatic re-enactments made exclusively for Imax theaters. show more

  • 25
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    A documentary on the formation of stalagmites would have been more compelling. show more

  • 50
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Sanctum is far from a good movie, just as 3-D is far from the movie industry's savior. But it certainly looks good, and watching it through those plastic glasses reopens your eyes to the promise of the third dimension. show more

  • 63
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Grisly stuff. The movie, shot in Australia with an Aussie and British cast, makes "127 Hours" look like a walk in the park. show more

  • 60
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    If you're able to think of characters as just air bubbles to get past, then dive in, the excitement's fine. show more

  • 40
    Michael Rechtshaffen The Hollywood Reporter

    Banal dialogue, over-modulated performances and melodramatic scoring combine forces to sink the stirringly photographed proceedings quicker than that treacherous flash flood. show more

  • 40
    Stephanie Zacharek Movieline

    The supposition, maybe, is that in an alleged thrill ride of a movie like this one, the words aren't supposed to matter. show more

  • 75
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Although it's true that a father/son relationship lies at Sanctum's emotional core, the movie is at its best when it highlights the defiance of the protagonists to yield to despair and give up. show more

  • 63
    Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel

    It's a solid, old-fashioned action yarn filled with the very latest dive gear and the oldest plot formula in the movie-maker's playbook. show more

  • July 31, 2011 dolfina157
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    I loved it! Not a \'feel good\' movie mind you, but a very good movie

  • July 05, 2011 mm00000000052500
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    Pretty good movie, had me sitting on the edge of my seat near the end because of the decisions some of the characters made in the story

  • June 21, 2011 qx00000000093384
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    Id call this a one time watcher. It was pretty good though.

  • March 04, 2011 ashcon486
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    As real as scuba diving in a cave without the risk!. The 3D does it!

  • February 20, 2011 houseforsalelv
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    Was not all that inpressed with the three D affects felt more like Disneyland. Was not at all has good as I had hthought it would be. Mostly dark caves and underwater shots.

  • February 17, 2011 music doc derr
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    The movie STUNK! I can't believe that James Cameron could produce Titanic -- a SMASH HIT -- and then this disaster. Save your money ---It's barely good enough for DVD. The best part was the 3-D----

  • February 17, 2011 Garin28Garin
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    I enjoyed it.

  • February 17, 2011 JOHNSHERRYSHERRY
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    Classic filmmaking ************ best. Rings true to anyone who has ever ventured into the wilds of nature. I wager none of the critics who assassinated this film have ever left the comfort of their "cotton wool" armchairs.

  • February 13, 2011 ssquirell
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    SUCKED so BAD !!!!!! Save your money !! The dialog between the characters was so elementary, it was mind numbing. There was no plot, there was no character development, the characters were unlikeable and it was over before it even started. I thought the 3D effects were better in the coming attractions. Seriously, don't even watch it on netflix.....

  • February 12, 2011 rondam67
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    My husband and I loved the movie but we both climb and cave. They did a good job portraying these activities. We also read the true account and the only thing this movie had in common with it was hair caught in the rapel device and a huge cave.

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