Metascore
40

Mixed or average reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 22
  2. Negative: 6 out of 22
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  1. Reviewed by: Mark Olsen
    Feb 28, 2013
    60
    Phantom is a relatively tight, gripping story told with efficiency that makes room for its fine roster of actors to explore old-fashioned ideas on honor and loyalty.
  2. Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    Feb 26, 2013
    60
    Manly, sharp-edged submarine B movies don’t come along often anymore — so consider this Cold War off-white-knuckler a welcome blast of recycled air.
  3. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Mar 1, 2013
    50
    Ed Harris in Phantom is like Steve Carlton with the Philadelphia Phillies in 1972 — delivering a wall-to-wall, amazing performance that's lost in a sea of dreadfulness.
  4. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Mar 1, 2013
    50
    Intriguing, if uneven, thriller.
  5. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Feb 28, 2013
    50
    Todd Robinson’s Phantom gives us a couple of things we haven’t seen in a while: the great Ed Harris and a Cold War submarine thriller. It’s not something you want to plunk down $12 for, but just diverting enough to check out when it arrives on Netflix Instant.
  6. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Feb 28, 2013
    50
    The combination of tight close-ups and jarring camera work might require a dose of Dramamine. Better yet, give this movie a wide berth and check out a superb film set in a submarine, the 1981 classic "Das Boot."
  7. Reviewed by: Stephen Whitty
    Feb 28, 2013
    50
    In the end, The Phantom remains mediocre, with flat cinematography and crude dialogue.
  8. Reviewed by: Tom Russo
    Feb 28, 2013
    50
    The crew doesn’t much look the part either, save for Schaech’s Stalin ’stache. Yet the movie does show the ability to get past this, even with the weight of all its narratively risky conspiracy theorizing. It’s a shame the intrigue has to get torpedoed by elements that mostly feel correctable.
  9. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Feb 28, 2013
    50
    Robinson is undone partly by his own workmanlike touch as a writer, and partly by matters of casting. I like Harris, and he's quite moving here, but every time Duchovny reappears the overall energy level sinks to crush depth.
  10. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Feb 27, 2013
    50
    Though pitched as a thriller, Robinson’s woefully underbudgeted film plays instead like a chamber drama, so simple and unadorned that it could just as easily be staged as an off-off-Broadway play without anyone telling the difference. And that isn’t entirely to the film’s detriment, either: With a cast choked with great character actors like Ed Harris, William Fichtner, and Lance Henriksen, less is sometimes more.
  11. Reviewed by: Rex Reed
    Feb 27, 2013
    50
    To be honest, I can rarely recall any film, on any subject, that made less sense.
  12. 50
    Robinson manages some suspense, but the thriller’s ticking clock is a weak one.
  13. Reviewed by: Laremy Legel
    Mar 2, 2013
    42
    The idea of the film is certainly clever enough, it’s the execution that lacks finesse.
  14. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Mar 1, 2013
    40
    The newest model of the old submarine-from-hell picture.
User Score
5.1

Mixed or average reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 7
  2. Negative: 3 out of 7
  1. Mar 26, 2015
    9
    Thought the movie was extremely well acted, the scripting tense and tight and with a great forbidding soundtrack. Very pleasantly surprised byThought the movie was extremely well acted, the scripting tense and tight and with a great forbidding soundtrack. Very pleasantly surprised by the film overall. Full Review »
  2. chw
    Jul 17, 2014
    1
    Phantom was a very incredibly stupid movie that was not anything besides confusing. Ed Harris, William Fichtner, and David Duchovny probablyPhantom was a very incredibly stupid movie that was not anything besides confusing. Ed Harris, William Fichtner, and David Duchovny probably made a fortune by starring in something like this. Full Review »
  3. Mar 11, 2013
    2
    Ed Harris has a bad lead performance which is unusual for him, but more importantly its badly written and just all around stupid in every way.