Ghosts of the Abyss
Ghosts of the Abyss (2003)

Director James Cameron journeys back to the site of his greatest inspiration--the legendary wreck of the Titanic. With a team of the world's foremost historic and marine experts and friend Bill Paxton, he embarks on an unscripted… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: April 11, 2003
DVD Release Date: April 27, 2004
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The underwater footage is both beautiful and awe-inspiring.

Ted Shen
Chicago Reader

This hour-long feature, edited down from 900 hours of footage, is both a technical marvel and a heartfelt memorial to those who died when the ship sank in 1912.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

One of the rare Imax movies in which the 3-D effects are completely melded into the picture, rather than simply used as a gimmick.

Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide

If you see only one James Cameron-directed movie about theTitanic -and you should - see the one that doesn't star Kate and Leo.

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Time Out

It may not have the organisation of 'art', but it's quite some postcard.

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Edward Crouse
Village Voice

Aside from his CGI ghostcraft unwittingly co-opting Pat O'Neill's last feature, Cameron is entirely predictable in a marines T-shirt, exhorting, 'Next stop, Titanic -- rock 'n' roll!'

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R. L. Shaffer

A bit slow-going and strangely emotionless at times. But Bill Paxton's nervous expressions add humor, and the film's jaw-dropping glimpse at the Titanic are powerful, to say the least.

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly

Cameron, who produced and directed it, does a visually splendid job, though what he has fashioned comes down to a logistical footnote to his great, primal, heart-of- the-ocean blockbuster.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

Ghosts of the Abyss is an incredible experience that will further enhance our century-long fascination with the Titanic.

Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals

James Cameron's latest memorial to the spirit that exists mournfully and sadly in utter silence as the effects of time and salinity slowly and inexorably take their toll.

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Flixster Audience Score: 66% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Disappointingly full of platitudes.
Jens S.
Really interesting documentary about director James Cameron and his crew exploring the remains of the Titanic with their adorable filming robots, comparing the… More
Everett Johnson
"Ghosts of the Abyss" is a sci-fi type documentary. James Cameron and Bill Paxton along with a group of scientists, historians, and deep sea… More
Mike S
An impressive documentary by one of my favourite film-makers of all time, who here takes us to the deep watery grave of the legendary Titanic. Director James… More
Ken Stachnik
Ghost of the Abyss is better.
Dann Michalski
Ghosts of the Abyss is one of the best Titanic documentaries; delivering a rich and interactive look at the wreckage site. With new specialized equipment,… More