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Apollo 18 Review Critics


Dave White Profile

In space they can hear you yawn. Read full review


Grae Drake Profile

3...2...1...We have anxiety liftoff Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 30

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    Not only is this film's form clichéd, so is its content.

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  • 33

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    Apollo 18 fails to stay with you because, like the cratered satellite on which it's set, it has no atmosphere.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    Many will find Apollo 18 silly and derivative. It is. Yet it's also a break from the usual hyperbolic, down-your-throat brand of silly and derivative scare movies.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 14 & under

Fake moon-landing chiller is no Blair Witch in space.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this sci-fi/horror movie -- which is told in the "found-footage" format pioneered by The Blair Witch Project and continued by Paranormal Activity and others -- revolves around a final, secret moon mission in which astronauts discover something terrible on the lunar surface. (In real life, 1972's Apollo 17 was the final mission.) There are some intense, frightening sequences, mostly based on sudden movements and scary faces. There's also a gory wound that grows worse as the story progresses. Profanity gets fairly frequent as things escalate but is more along the lines of "hell" and "goddamn" than stronger words (though there are a couple of those as well).

  • Families can talk about the movie's violence. Is it scary? In general, which has more impact -- seeing frightening things take place or knowing that they're happening but not being able to see them?

  • Does this film really look or feel like it's made out of real found footage? How does the editing affect that perception? How does this compare to other movies using a similar style?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The U.S. government sends three astronauts to the moon for no clear reason, seemingly expecting them to perish. It's a hopeless and depressing scenario.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Astronauts are typically cool role models, but while these characters try their best to complete their mission and be brave, they're not very likeable or admirable. They argue and panic and succumb to anger and frustration.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Little overt violence, but there are a few scary, disturbing sequences with sudden, shocking images, such as a frightening face or a sudden movement. The worst is a gory wound on one of the astronauts that keeps getting more and more infected.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Not applicable

  • language false3

    Language: Profanity becomes fairly frequent as the horror escalates; words include infrequent use of "s--t" and "f--k," plus many uses of "hell," "damn," "goddamn," and "Jesus Christ" (as an exclamation), as well as "bastard," "d--k," "balls," and "prick."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not applicable

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: During interviews at the beginning, one of the astronauts tells a story about drinking "too many" beers at a barbecue.