63

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
Though The Cave really, really tries to be scary from as many directions as possible, it fails to hold much in reserve and never manages to build suspense.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

It's not original, but unlike some of this summer's movies (such as The Island and Stealth), The Cave knows its place. Its job is to deliver a few jolty thrills and a couple of laughs and wrap things up before it starts to get too dumb.
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42

Entertainment Weekly

By Scott Brown
Sci-fi horror aficionados, however, might want to look elsewhere for their scares, as they're unlikely to find any here. Fright-wise, The Cave is a dry hole.
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38

Miami Herald

By Peter Debruge
Have you ever noticed how it's always the worst horror movies that go really far out of their way to lay the groundwork for a sequel?
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38

Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
The writers supply character traits that seem to point toward a pay-off but never reach one. People all end up as tight-lipped, indistinguishable automatons who plummet 50 feet down jagged rocks with scarcely a scratch.
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38

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The screenplay is thin, the dialogue lacks nuance and the acting is often laughable.
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38

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
The Cave looks pretty cool - if you're into stalagmites, stalactites and that sort of thing -and the action is nonstop once they're in the hole. Unfortunately, there are no reference points in the dark to let us know where everyone is in relation to each other and to the monsters, and, therefore, there's little suspense.
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30

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
A bottomless pit of lame characters, horror-film cliches and improbable monsters.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
The Cave is National Geographic mixed with Roger Corman, and by the end you'll probably be wishing you saw "Red Eye" instead.
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25

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
It's ultimately just a rigorous personal training film made by people who don't seem to like movies or the people who go to them.
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30 out of 100
Generally unfavorable reviews
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