Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 19
  2. Negative: 13 out of 19
  1. Reviewed by: Joel Brown
    Sep 3, 2011
    Contains nothing original or over-the-top enough to make it a real scream fest. For most horror fans it will be kind of a snooze.
  2. 20
    Apollo 18 is a drab horror that tries to plant fears about untrustworthy authority (Nixon, NASA, etc) that are as stale as a freeze-dried peas.
  3. Reviewed by: Keith Staskiewicz
    Sep 2, 2011
    Apollo 18 fails to stay with you because, like the cratered satellite on which it's set, it has no atmosphere.
  4. Reviewed by: Alison Willmore
    Sep 3, 2011
    To describe what unfolds as a slow burn is to be awfully generous.
  5. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Sep 2, 2011
    Has no thrills, no chills, no scares and contains a villain, or several of them, actually, that will turn you to stone -- from boredom.
  6. 10
    Apollo 18, isn't egregiously inept. It just never lives. It's 80 minutes of dead air.
  7. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Sep 7, 2011
    Whatever merits the production values have, the cheap frights don't deliver, the performers bring no pathos and the gimmick behind Apollo 18 flat out does not work.
  8. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Sep 6, 2011
    A nasty, cleverly revealed monster might have redeemed some of the monotony of the first (seemingly endless) hour, but the beasty here manages to be ludicrous, dull, and unoriginal somehow all at once, compromising the marginal hope you may have been holding out for the film.
  9. Reviewed by: Keith Phipps
    Sep 2, 2011
    Unpleasant when it isn't dull, Apollo 18 never sells the lost-footage illusion, and never compensates for it with scares. Jolts, sure. Like so many lazy horror directors, López-Gallego knows how to startle, but not how to frighten.
  10. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Sep 2, 2011
    Not only is this film's form clichéd, so is its content.
  11. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Sep 3, 2011
    A drab combination of science-fiction horror film and conspiracy thriller, accomplishes something the world wasn't really crying out for: it recreates the tedium of watching the later Apollo missions.
  12. Reviewed by: Ben Kenigsberg
    Sep 2, 2011
    All Apollo 18 has to offer is endless radio crackle and visual incoherence. And what's out there, tormenting the astronauts? The answer is dumber than a box of moon rocks.
  13. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Sep 3, 2011
    His (Gonzalo López-Gallego) this-is-authentic conceit is by now a tediously corny device, and his story delivers no scares during the interminably long, uneventful build-up to its deflating climax.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 126 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 58
  2. Negative: 23 out of 58
  1. Sep 4, 2011
    Apollo 18 is a great example of a decent sci fi thriller that doesn't drag on, doesn't bore you with ineffectual CGI special effects and has a couple great jump moments. Why all the haters?? Full Review »
  2. Sep 13, 2011
    There are some scary moments, but all of these moments cannot overcome the boredom and the lethargic pace of "Apollo 18", or should I say "The Paranormal Activity Wannabe". Full Review »
  3. Dec 19, 2011
    Seriously!? It's "The Blair Witch Project" on the moon. Not only is it a ripoff, but it's a ripoff over 10 years too late. This movie is only for the drunk and bored. Full Review »