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Sanctum--3D (15)

The critical consensus

Despite having characters as shallow as its caves are bottomless and a plot as predictable as /127 Hours/, this suspenseful actioner delivers seat-edge thrills in accomplished goggle-vision.

***(*)(*)Neil Smith, Total Film, 01/02/2011

A survival-of-the-grittiest in a flood-imperilled pothole the size of Nibelheim.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Nigel Andrews, Financial Times, 02/02/2011

Inventive despite slunky dialogue and sentimental father-son aspects.

***(*)(*)Kaleem Aftab, The List, 02/02/2011

Workmanlike suspenser, with plenty of cold water but sparse chills. When it comes to James Cameron scuba thrillers, The Abyss still has the edge.

***(*)(*)Nick de Semlyen, Empire Online, 02/02/2011

The dazzlingly weird scenery and 3D prowess just about make up for the woeful dialogue.

**(*)(*)(*)Rob Carnevale, The Herald, 03/02/2011

3D effects can’t compensate for a plodding adventure.

Paul Greenwood, Evening Times, 03/02/2011

James Cameron helped produce, but his storytelling flair is nowhere apparent.

***(*)(*)Tim Robey, The Telegraph, 03/02/2011

It's a reasonable film, unpretentious in its way.

**(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 03/02/2011

The director Alister Grierson handles the action just fine, but he's hauling along a script that's dead in the water.

**(*)(*)(*)Anthony Quinn, The Independent, 04/02/2011

While the 3D is passable and there are some moments of tension, Sanctum has big problems.

***(*)(*)Daily Record, 04/02/2011

It's hard to imagine Avatar's legion of fans getting much out of this pitiful excuse for an action film beyond the comfortingly familiar mediocrity of its clunking screenplay.

**(*)(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 05/02/2011

It's ruthless, claustrophobic and rather less fun than the 1959 version of Journey to the Centre of the Earth.

Philip French, The Observer, 06/02/2011

Features about Sanctum--3D (15)

Two parts Hydrogen and one Oxygen; James Cameron's recipe for disaster

Laura Davis, The Independent, 01/02/2011

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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