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Sanctum Synopsis
A skilled diver (Richard Roxburgh) and his team become trapped in an underwater 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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This movie will keep you on your toes.

By LarryBoBearry
James Cameron is the maker of master pieces, Sanctum really gets me pumping. I have gone repelling and climbing so this movie is really exciting. The actors did a great job, they really play there...

This movie will keep you on your toes.

By RonArgnum
James Cameron is the maker of master pieces, really gets me pumping. Fantastic movie to watch when you have some friends over, you can watch it at [BLOCKED WEBSITE] . com...

Sanctum review

By crazycop1
Great scenery and good action. Caves will freak you out. Who would ever go into these dark tight places is truly crazy!!...


By imax2theatre
I really enjoyed the movie very good. i was on the edge of my seat from the beginning to the end. This is a must see movie! Anyone over the age 15 can see this movie....

If it was December 31, 2010, I would say THIS IS THE BEST MOVIE OF THE YEAR!!!

By sensationaljewelry
I don't know why the heck there is a SO-SO rating for this movie! I am so so hard to please.. and I thought this movie was beyond spectacular! The story was heartfelt, the acting superb, and...

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By ladyvett1
I didn't see the 3D version...thank God. The movie wasn't bad but it wasn't good either. I had high expectations for the scenery and suspense. Boy, was I disappointed. This would make a good Saturday...


By PalmSquad
The acting was HORRENDOUS from the very first scene! Ioan Gruffudd (Mr. Fantastic, The Fantastic 4) may be the WORST actor I've ever witnessed. If the caves, water, scenery and idea of it all weren't...

some nice looking shots, but...

By Squirrel Dude
"Sanctum" was definitely 'fair' at best! First, the acting was quite bad! Second, I'm sure glad I didn't see it in 3D! There was absolutely no need for it! Which leads to third. Don't go thinking...

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By flennerj
I love Cameron's work. This movie delivers on it's hidden core: a complex coming-of-age and growing bond between father and son. The sets are spectacular; the plot builds incrementally and...

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Rated R | For Language, some violence and disturbing images
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Shallow adventure movie about deep caves.
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