Sanctum (2011)

The 3-D action-thriller Sanctum, from executive producer James Cameron, follows a team of underwater cave divers on a treacherous expedition to the largest, most beautiful and least accessible cave system on Earth. When a tropical storm… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: February 4, 2011
DVD Release Date: June 7, 2011
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Critic Score: 30% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Sanctum is beautifully photographed, and it makes better use of 3-D technology than most, but that doesn't make up for its ham-handed script and lifeless cast.

Leah Rozen

Its downfall is its cliché-riddled and fusty script.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

Stick that camera down an aquatic cave, wrap a paper-thin plot around it, slap the whole thing up on an IMAX screen and call it a movie. More truth in advertising: Call it a lame movie.

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Roe McDermott
Hot Press

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.

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Rafer Guzman

Despite the millions clearly poured into it, the film feels cheap and amateurish. See it on IMAX if you wish, but the flaws will only look bigger.

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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader

After a sluggish half hour, this well-crafted adventure kicks into high gear and never lets up.

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Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly

I couldn't wait for these people to drown.

Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Sometimes the sets look like, well, Styrofoam. So do the actors.

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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger

There's just water, water everywhere - and no one stops to think.

Kevin Carr
7M Pictures

While Sanctum isn't a great film, it's enjoyable for the thrilling element.

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Flixster Audience Score: 37% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Mediocre action film, Sanctum is a film that had potential of being a great film; unfortunately it falls flat, and relies more on clichés than anything. The… More
Japes .
I watched this film mainly because I liked the Descent and thought that this movie would be something like that. The whole plot is shallow as hell. There… More
Dean King
A decent survival thriller. Watched it on DVD so don't know how good it is in 3D. The cave looks amazing and steals the show really, otherwise it ends up… More
Josh Lewis
A tense and suspensful film with exotic locations and great cinematography, but absolutely dreadful dialogue and mediocre acting. Come for the thrills only, as… More
Cynthia S.
Not a bad movie, but not great either. I bet it must have been pretty cool in 3D with all the suspended in water dive scenes. Without the 3D aspect, just… More
Jim Careter
Sanctum was a horrible film and a boring one as well. The plot of the film has nothing going for it other than a bunch of people start dying in caves, and I… More