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Sanctum: An IMAX 3D Experience Synopsis
A skilled diver (Richard Roxburgh) and his team become trapped in a South Pacific labyrinth.

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Entertainment Weekly

By Adam Markovitz
As we go deeper into the cave, walls squeezing, water rising, the movie has a narrative pull as sure as gravity.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Grisly stuff. The movie, shot in Australia with an Aussie and British cast, makes "127 Hours" look like a walk in the park.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
If you're able to think of characters as just air bubbles to get past, then dive in, the excitement's fine.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
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...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
A muscular Australian B-movie down to the thin characters and boilerplate dialogue.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
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.
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By Stephanie Zacharek
The supposition, maybe, is that in an alleged thrill ride of a movie like this one, the words aren't supposed to matter.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
Banal dialogue, over-modulated performances and melodramatic scoring combine forces to sink the stirringly photographed proceedings quicker...
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The movie ultimately reveals itself as a pretender with no balls. Creatively, it's all wet.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
A documentary on the formation of stalagmites would have been more compelling.
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Save your money and skip the IMAX 3D on this one.

By hollymike1
The movie was good but not just great. I would say see the movie but dont waste your money on IMAX 3D. Also if you are looking for a "feel-good" movie this is not it, kind of a downer....

What a waste of time and money

By kuratha
The hype was great, Previews were great but..... the acting was rediculous. I didn't find that I was on the edge of my seat once during the entire movie. I could have done a better job, and I am...

Nothing great about this movie

By koolwadz
I saw this movie in an IMAX 3D, and it was a total waste of money, first this movie should not have been in 3D, still trying to figure out why 3D? I expected a lot from this movie, but there was...

Top Notch

By dlj392000
I totally enjoyed this movie from start to finish, and worth the extra 3D price....

Well Worth the Money

By micahburnside
Sanctum IMAX 3D is an excellent film. Other than being occasionally distracted due to some of the background being severly blurred, and the glasses not fitting my face very well, I got my money's...

Sanctum Review

By creisler
From a special effects standpoint, and in particular from 3D standpoint, this was the best 3D movie I saw to date. The 3D effects were amazingly realistic. I particularly liked the long angle shots...


By Marcicline
My husband and I loved the movie and the scenery but thought the story left more to be desired. You knew what was coming after half hour into the movie. The IMAX was our first and the scenery was...

Rename to Sphincter

By Keithchurch
This movie is so bad it should be renamed to Sphincter!! James Cameron should be embarrassed to have his name associated with this movie!! Bad acting, directing, writing and sets are fake!! ...


By missprissiecat
OMGOSH ! I think this must have been the best movie experience ever! Over the top effects, excellent acting a truly nerve wrecking experience! Loved It! Absolutely purrrfect!...

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Rated R | For disturbing images, some violence and language
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