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The Descent Reviews

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May 23, 2020
RECOMMENDED "Deliverance" with alpha-female spelunkers instead of macho men, set in caverns rather than on an endangered river, Neil Marshall's intense, bloody, emotionally viscid [movie] is a neatly elegant bite of malicious terror.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
May 18, 2020
The movie unfolds in a satisfying slow-burn that makes you feel uneasy until it takes that anxiety and turns it into pure nightmare fuel by making your worst fears real.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
November 20, 2019
The best horror film since The Blair Witch Project.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
April 24, 2019
A smart, fresh and exhilarating genre movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 1, 2018
An all-female cast, a claustrophobic cave setting draped in red light, and an anarchic, vicious fight to the death...need I say more about one of the most physically taxing movies of the century?
March 8, 2018
The Descent is already unusual for being a horror movie with an all-female cast, but it's even more unique for being the kind of movie that explores the damage caused by a friend's betrayal.
July 31, 2014
Here is a movie so precise and cautious with its material that every moment, every suggestion or action, becomes an experience that involves us to alarming lengths.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 6, 2013
Super-scary and vicious, both psychologically and physically, this cleverly produced chill-ride is edgy British horror at its very best.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 10, 2012
Tense, gory and masterfully malevolent.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 25, 2010
Although Neil Marshall's attempt to justify the U.S. ending is admirable, the original ending is the only way out - providing a chilling bookend to a motif and suggesting what seems like cerulean-tinged peace is actually the solitary solace of madness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 23, 2009
The ensuing carnage is ample but not gratuitous; every arterial spray and bone crack makes a point.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 15, 2008
Marshall could very well be the Caravaggio of the B-movie.
August 7, 2008
It's nasty, unpleasant and sadistic but brutally efficient and undeniably effective.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
July 14, 2008
[Writer-director Neil] Marshall makes real movies, not just schlockfests designed to sate the lusts of gore-lovers (although there is plenty of gore, too).
June 17, 2008
Where the film exceeds 'Dog Soldiers' is toward the end, as Sarah comes to grips with what it will take to survive her ordeal and gets in touch with her feral side.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 19, 2007
Six sexy spelunkers in an underground fright fest make for keen and claustrophobic cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 24, 2007
There are inconsistencies and frustrating ambiguities, but this is another reliable, vigorous horror experience for genre fans.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
August 25, 2007
The Cave done right.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 30, 2007
Once it gets going, it shakes you and keeps shaking you.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
July 14, 2007
The Descent may not be a classic, but it's likely to remain with you for a while.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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