(2005)

Critic Reviews

71

Metascore

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91
Entertainment Weekly
The director of The Descent is savvy enough to suggest even more than he shows. And he's old-school enough to load up on glimpses of good, clean, gruesome gore.
90
The Hollywood Reporter
Neil Marshall's horrifically terrific The Descent cannily recasts 1972's "Deliverance" as a female-bonding thriller with some "Hills Have Eyes"-style mutant terror tossed in for truly harrowing effect.
88
Though the film's downbeat ending was softened for U.S. release, it's still a long way from happy.
75
Prepare to be scared senseless, and then, when you think you have it figured, your certainty will be shaken by scenes built to scare you even more.
75
Marshall takes a modest budget and a concept that isn't all that original and produces a frightening, intelligent and sexy thriller.
75
A cult classic is born.
75
New York Daily News
This is one of the scariest movies featuring female heroines since the "Alien" series, and what makes it uniquely scary is where these women are -- in tunnels two miles under ground -- when they realize they are not alone.
75
Philadelphia Inquirer
Amid this unrelenting ferocity, Marshall gives his characters emotional depth, and elicits terrific performances from the cast.
75
New York Post
Easily the summer's scariest movie.
75
ReelViews
This one is a creepy white-knuckle excursion into horror, where even the "boo!" moments are so well developed that they cause a jolt.
50
It's made expressly for fans of unmitigated gore.

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