Generally favorable reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Tony Perry
    Ghastly, grisly and yet pruriently gripping.
  2. 70
    A memorable horror show.
  3. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    Sure, the re-enactment technique is cheesy by its very nature, but at the heart of this show is the ancient art of storytelling. The verbal accounts of the survivors are so vibrant, their evocation of extreme experience so precise, that the viewer huddles before the TV like a child listening to ghost stories around a campfire, undistracted even by the indignity of commercial interruptions.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    This isn't to say what these folks experienced isn't harrowing, but these hybrids mixing dramatic and documentary techniques only enjoy a sense of authenticity if both halves work, which isn't the case at least in the maiden voyage.
  5. 30
    Relies so heavily on... amateurish re-creations that it undermines its otherwise mind-blowing survival stories.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 52 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 41
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 41
  3. Negative: 3 out of 41
  1. DaveS.
    Jan 28, 2010
    Bad show in that they don't review at the end what they did wrong and what they should have done.
  2. MR.Black
    Mar 24, 2008
    I would love to see great show making like this go into actual survival training! The whiney Kayakers should have picked up a set of marine flares from Wally world or at least some road flares,both are very common and could of ended Mr. "I cant Belive he left me's" drama when he saw the RESCUE boats. also no whistle? no Flashlight? on these shows keep RESCUE personnel volunteering and risking. There's more to a open water paddle than a "DEW' and a IPOD.when packin for your "ultra light go fast wanderfest "in the big outside,consider the weight of a fully loaded Bird(HELO) or Boat and all of the people you will put in harms way. all of the crews driving to site .the folks that fuel the Birds, boats, trucks.people,dogs,horses well you get the picture. great movie making! good tec-info.Soup sandwich whiney people.The Amazon jungle show with the SF survival instructor who was great! as far as the featured "SURVIVORS" they should not go out of the house! Full Review »
  3. MaC.
    Oct 30, 2007
    I LOVE THIS SHOW!!! Why oh why did they cancel it??? I'm buying every season and watching over and over again!