Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 17
  2. Negative: 12 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Luke Y. Thompson
    Roland Joffé creates a visually interesting and aurally unsettling vibe, and the story from B-movie maestro Larry Cohen keeps it simple.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Quite possibly the final word on a much-maligned genre.
  3. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    Destined to be better remembered for its grisly billboard imagery than for its relatively tame torture-porn tropes, Captivity is a thoroughly nasty piece of work that nonetheless earns credit for generating modest suspense after a predictable but effective plot twist around the 50-minute mark.
  4. Roland Joffé brings an artful video-grunge look, and not much else, to this "Saw" clone.
  5. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    Torture junkies should remember it’s only four months to Saw IV -- so you can afford to avoid Captivity.
  6. Reviewed by: Felix Vasques Jr.
    A terrible rehash of better torture genre exploitation, with none of the charm.
  7. The movie has been thoroughly eclipsed by "Captivity" the marketing.
  8. It's not scary because not one second is believable.
  9. Reviewed by: Rocco Landesman
    Captivity is torture porn without the sex. Cuthbert squirms, screams, weeps and pleads for her life with great conviction. Slick, sick sleaze.
  10. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    A wan, derivative entry in the torture-porn cycle.
  11. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    Thoroughly irritating little film.
  12. Reviewed by: Jason Anderson
    A lurid thriller that marks a new career low for both director Roland Joffé (The Killing Fields, The Mission) and co-screenwriter Larry Cohen (Phone Booth, It's Alive).
  13. 25
    In a genre where killers love to play head games, it's a clever idea (Cohen's?) to have this one remain mute, but that leaves Cuthbert to carry much of the psychological load, and there's no substance to her character, apart from the suggestion that she's being punished for her vanity.
  14. The end result doesn't even satisfy on its own sleazy terms. Not only does it lack the satirical nihilism of the "Hostel" films or the admittedly clever torture machinations of the "Saw" series, it doesn't even provide its target young male audience with the requisite nudity.
  15. Reviewed by: Robert Abele
    It's the movie business equivalent of encountering someone you once knew begging for money on the street.
  16. 0
    If there is another challenger for worst entry of 2007, I don't want to see it.
  17. 0
    Captivity is the kind of film that gives torture porn a bad name.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 65 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 10
  2. Negative: 3 out of 10
  1. Mar 5, 2013
    I dont like this movie. Its quiet boring with a standart twist in the middle of the film. And iam disappointed that there is not much gore or splatter. I wanted a movie that is a torture porn movie and not a teenager movie. Saw and hostel by far better that this. Full Review »
  2. Feb 22, 2013
    Saw meets Hostel in this entertaining, but painfully predictable film. Elisha Cuthbert is the difference between Captivity and the dozens of lame horror movies produced every year. Don't get me wrong, Captivity is full of gore and has a ridiculously stupid storyline, but it's not that bad, and Cuthbert is the reason. The veteran actress, best known as Kim Bauer and The Girl Next Door, is very methodical with every move she makes and that really manages to keep your attention. The maze of traps, moving walls, and pitfalls were also really cool, but outside of that and Cuthbert, Captivity is your typical gore fest, with zero character development, and a chilling story that really doesn't make a whole lot of sense. I liked it for the little things, but overall, there's nothing special here, just another lame horror movie, that happened to land the right star. Full Review »
  3. Sep 8, 2012
    A film with a very small cast that has a very claustrophobic feel to much of the action. I have seen it described as just another