Ghosts of the Abyss


Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 24
  2. Negative: 0 out of 24

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    It's a unique trip that flirts with hokeyness at the surface but that grows more compelling, awe-inspiring, and tragic the deeper you go.
  2. 90
    The experience couldn't be more realistic, though Cameron also superimposes imagery of passengers recalling the fateful night, to haunting effect.
  3. Reviewed by: Kevin Carr
    Part of what makes this film a must-see for Titanic fans is that it truly puts you closer to the wreckage than anyone else can get.
  4. 88
    An enthralling 3-D IMAX documentary.
  5. 88
    Despite over-ripe narration and an understandable urge to cram too much in, Ghosts of the Abyss is a thrilling documentary.
  6. Cameron wants to take the audience ''back to 'Titanic,''' but the journey's magic is hemmed in, paradoxically, by the transcendence of his previous effort; surely he must know that a lot of us never left.
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    Though quite routine on the logistics of deep-sea exploring, pic develops a visual style as it replays the events of the sinking that some viewers may find more visually exciting and satisfying than what Cameron staged in his original mega-blockbuster.
  8. 75
    The more you know about the 1912 tragedy, the more you will appreciate the sights of Ghosts of the Abyss.
  9. 75
    If Cameron wants to be a pioneer instead of a retro hobbyist, he should obviously use Maxivision 48, which provides a picture of such startling clarity that it appears to be 3-D in the sense that the screen seems to open a transparent window on reality. Ghosts of the Abyss would have been incomparably more powerful in the process.
  10. Not just a 3-D novelty to amuse school groups, but also a memorial.
  11. The film's underwater views are breathtaking, as are its drawings and photographs of the Titanic's original splendor.
  12. Though younger fans of Cameron's 1997 blockbuster may be a little disappointed at the lack of, well, Leo, Cameron persuades us to share his obsession with the ship's history.
  13. 70
    Whether he's working in nonfiction or science fiction, Mr. Cameron remains an artist of great instinctive power. In Ghosts of the Abyss, he uses every means of probing that modern science has put at his disposal -- electronic, mechanical, sonic -- only to find that the tragic reality of the Titanic, its myths and its meanings, remain tantalizingly beyond his reach.
  14. It’s best to situate yourself in the middle of the row; a seat at the end will most likely leave you feeling cross-eyed for an hour.
  15. 60
    For all the technical wizardry that went into making the film, Paxton's reflections on the human tragedies of the Titanic and the terrorist attack of Sept. 11th, 2001, which took place while the crew was out at sea, provide one of the film's most haunting moments.
  16. The 3-D footage of Titanic does speak volumes, and sometimes the sheer fussiness of all the ghosts and archival images get in the way. As huge as the Imax screen is, when six different images vie for one's attention, it looks cluttered.
  17. Occasionally exciting but carefully controlled.
  18. Ultimately, this talking dog don't hunt.
  19. 50
    "Check this out, bro," James Cameron says as he returns to the site of the real Titanic, armed with robots, a 3-D Imax camera, and the same colossal hubris that necessitated a call for silence as he accepted his Oscar on behalf of those who perished.
  20. Wall Street Journal
    Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    If only there'd been a chance to contemplate the legend in blessed silence.
  21. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    During the all-important underwater sequences, the three-dimensional effects are surprisingly muted.
  22. 40
    James Cameron disgraces those who died on the Titanic -- again.
  23. The 3D, effective but not yet totally awesome, masks a world of sins: Ghosts can be an awfully tedious voyage-to-the-bottom-of-the-sea.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 14 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 0 out of 6
  1. Mar 30, 2013
    Its basically Titanic documentary style.
  2. ValerieB
    Mar 5, 2007
    Loved it! Really liked having a civilians (Bill Paxton) point of view in comparison to the scientists. It made me almost feel like I was Loved it! Really liked having a civilians (Bill Paxton) point of view in comparison to the scientists. It made me almost feel like I was there too seeing his reactions! Full Review »