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  • Summary: Miles of twisting catacombs lie beneath the streets of Paris, the eternal home to countless souls. When a team of explorers ventures into the uncharted maze of bones, they uncover the dark secret that lies within this city of the dead.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 23
  2. Negative: 8 out of 23
  1. Aug 29, 2014
    72
    The film’s finely tuned middle act, a fast-paced and quick-witted journey into (possible) madness, eventually gives way to an unsettlingly over the top final section that relies far too much on larger setpieces and supposed “big scares” that are never as good as the smaller, weirder stuff.
  2. Reviewed by: Simon Abrams
    Sep 4, 2014
    63
    Novel enough to be worth the price of admission, but you'll think twice before getting back in line for a second visit.
  3. Reviewed by: Matt Risley
    Aug 25, 2014
    60
    Boasts sporadically electrifying visuals but a frustratingly messy mythology.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Aug 28, 2014
    40
    There are some interestingly contrived moments of claustrophobia and surreal lunacy, but this cliched and slightly hand-me-down script neither scares nor amuses very satisfyingly.
  5. Reviewed by: William Goss
    Sep 3, 2014
    40
    While its characters attempt to go deeper, As Above/So Below’s stabs at scares and sentiment only seem that much shallower.
  6. 38
    It’s more unpleasant than scary, and ever so slow in getting up to speed.
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    Aug 30, 2014
    10
    An entertainment-free sinkhole of Dramamine-worthy nonsense.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 21
  2. Negative: 5 out of 21
  1. Oct 9, 2014
    10
    Gripping, scary movie, photogenic leads with great chemistry, fascinating settings - what's not to like? Saw this movie twice and would see it again. Weirdly scared me more on second viewing. Underrated in my view. See it. Expand
  2. Sep 6, 2014
    9
    So i was reading some of the users reviews and thought to myself. Let just try the movie.

    The movie is good you can't really see that it's
    a low budget film.
    The story is good not the best but it's ok.
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  3. Sep 3, 2014
    8
    I liked how everything you thought it would be about completely flew away. All the assumptions of Zombies or spirits that I had for this film were pretty far off. It turned into something much more along the lines of Mythical. Acting was decent, visuals were stunning, the pace of the film kept you in it the whole time. There were some honestly terrifying instances; and I'm not even talking about the jump scares. As Above, So Below has been written off as "just another found footage film" but the problem with that is most found-footage films needn't be so. It actually makes sense for these people to have cameras on their heads because they're searching for something completely unimaginable. Overall it's a solid film with great dynamics and some great scares that are none too cheap. Expand
  4. Sep 9, 2014
    6
    If you think hating on this movie is worth while, then you're wasting your time. This movie isn't some groundbreaking piece of found footage horror. It's important to go into a movie like this open minded, not intent on finding any and every fault you can possible pick out of it. If you do that, go home. That being said, this movie is awesome. It gives a very serious, tense look at the research and exploring leading up to a dive into frightening caverns lined with human bones. It gives us back story and as much characterization as it needs to make it scary. You know the leading lady is determined to respect her father's life's work and she's surrounded by reluctant, loyal, or knowledgeable companions. Seriously, they're going into bone-tunnels to hell. It's obvious. Don't take this movie for more than what it is. Once they get down there and the scares start coming, there's no need for any of it, and no need to nit pick. From hooded figures to a crazed lost friend to things being upside down and carved into the rock, this movie delivers the scares perfectly, though they are measured. You have to be a little patient.
    All in all, this movie goes from an intense opening, to an information-heavy first act, to a fast paced, frightening middle act and leaves any horror lover satisfied at the end. This movie won't change your life, but it's a found footage film with good scares. What else could you be asking for?
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  5. Sep 3, 2014
    5
    Much better than I imagined it would be. I enjoyed the intro sequence in the Iranian tunnel system, and the lead actress is an excellent casting choice. Further, the guy from Mad Men brings some acting skill to the proceedings. It's a nice set-up, and an interesting final minute, but the final third as a whole gets fairly pedestrian for the genre. I'd still recommend this to people, like me, who have been in the Parisian Catacombs and may have been a little freaked out by them. Expand
  6. Sep 1, 2014
    5
    This pretty good premise had promise until the **** ending. The movie was good until it tried too hard to be unique. The movie is actually one of the better unofficial "found footage" genre movies, sadly. The beginning has it's flaws, but the pace and story of the stone is actually pretty well done. There's this stone called "Philosophers Stone" (KIND of a copy of Harry Potter) that is suppose to basically heal and give the owner internal life....basically harry potter. Scarlet finds out that the stone is in Paris and they go after it. Well this is where things are actually pretty good. Creepy things happen in the Catacombs. The good thing about this movie is the one fact that plague a lot of found footage movies "why are you still filming". They move the camera onto a head light, like a go camera. So "still filming" doesn't go through the audience's minds...well that's a small good thing about the movie. After half way through the movie, the story of the stone is quite stupid and turns into a backwards and confusing premise....that's really awkwardly pretentious. Its nothing to watch in theaters....just watch it on Netflix when it arrive there in the future...just don't stay for the ending. Overall I didn't thing it was god awful, but the movie is too confusing and pretentious for its own good. 5.8 Expand
  7. Sep 13, 2014
    0
    Don't waste the $9. Awful Blair Witch-type shake cam footage leaves it nearly impossible to watch, let alone figure out what is happening. I'm unsure as to how anyone on metacritic could give this a good review, maybe they are all the actors and crew? Expand

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