Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 33
  2. Negative: 8 out of 33
  1. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Feb 4, 2011
    It sounds like it was written by the star pupils at the Cameron Academy of Screenwriting.
  2. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Feb 2, 2011
    Sanctum tells the story of a terrifying adventure in an incompetent way. Some of it is exciting, the ending is involving, and all of it is a poster child for the horrors of 3-D used badly.
  3. Reviewed by: Manohla Dargis
    Feb 3, 2011
    The director Alister Grierson, not grasping that bad dialogue is sometimes best delivered quietly, encourages his actors to shout and thrash about, and so they do, like fish out of water and performers out of their depth.
  4. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Feb 3, 2011
    Sanctum is a stinker, a horror movie without a visible monster.
  5. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    Feb 2, 2011
    Ultimately, the plot-point overload dilutes any palpable sense of dread, excitement or empathy, and it doesn't help that all the dialogue acts in service to either patronizing exposition or turgid interpersonal drama.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Feb 5, 2011
    The movie ultimately reveals itself as a pretender with no balls. Creatively, it's all wet.
  7. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Feb 3, 2011
    A documentary on the formation of stalagmites would have been more compelling.
  8. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Feb 3, 2011
    Those audiences who have complained about the clunky exposition and mawkish emotional dialogue in Cameron's films will discover the "King of the World"'s own dramatic talents to be on par with the Bard in comparison to the shouty, over-emoted hokum on display here.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 83 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 38
  2. Negative: 15 out of 38
  1. Feb 6, 2011
    I am not sure why most everyone is hating on this film so badly. It was just as cheesy as I was expecting from seeing the commercials. We both enjoyed it. The only thing missing was a cave-dwelling animal attack. Full Review »
  2. Feb 6, 2011
    Sanctum, Rectum, apparently the same thing. For those of you that thought Titanic was the best movie ever, you will love this film. A film that makes me want to puke as it is so baddly done, and claims to have had a script, which I don't think it did. Full Review »
  3. Mar 29, 2011
    lack of depth in concept. lifeless characters. poorly narrated. outdated camera movements and screenplay makes sanctum a hell of a movie. only saving grace is slick visuals in the movie. Full Review »