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The Cave Review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

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

  • 2.0
    30

    out of 100

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

  • 30

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    A bottomless pit of lame characters, horror-film cliches and improbable monsters.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The screenplay is thin, the dialogue lacks nuance and the acting is often laughable.

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  • 42

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Scott Brown

    Sci-fi horror aficionados, however, might want to look elsewhere for their scares, as they're unlikely to find any here. Fright-wise, The Cave is a dry hole.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Not for kids 15 and under

Hectic slasher movie too scary for little ones.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the movie, short on plot, soon seems like a prolonged jump scene: characters crawl, trudge, and fight their way through dark tunnels, some filled with skulls. The monsters are initially unreadable shapes that eventually show themselves as flying-swimming-spelunking creatures. Violence can be graphic, including bloody penetrations, explosions, and draggings. Characters avoid cursing outright, but do call each other names ("jackass," for example). The film includes tense scenes -- creatures lurking in the dark, close quarters and characters screaming -- that might trouble younger viewers.

  • Families can talk about the characters' choices. (As they are largely undistinguishable, their choices seem functions of the group, even when they're arguing.) Some act out of ambition, others fear or anger, but all make typically bad horror-action movie choices: they go off on their own, distrust one another, head directly to the darkest corner of the screen space. How do their actions create tension? Do they have alternative choices?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Monsters are mean, some ambition and competition at the start; survivors pull together by end.

What to watch for
  • violence false5

    Violence: Monsters attack, bloody bodies left in their wake, some explosions.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Very brief flirting, a man cuts open a woman's wet suit to give her mouth to mouth, a woman climber wears shorts and a sports bra.

  • language false3

    Language: Brief.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue

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