'Pandorum' Critic Reviews

85%
MovieWeb:   14 reviews
28%
Rotten Tomatoes:   80 reviews
  • Clark Collis Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    50
    As always, Foster sells the hell out of his role but non-sci-fi fans may well themselves be driven mad long before the end.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Jeannette Catsoulis New York Times (Top Critic)
    30
    According to the press notes, pandorum means "Orbital Dysfunctional Syndrome"; whatever that is, by the end of the movie I was convinced I had caught it.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Xan Brooks Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    60
    Pandorum is less a story than a prolonged bout of paranoid hysterics, exuberantly played out on metal gangplanks and inside Stygian tunnels. As such, it works just fine.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Justine Elias Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    75
    Director Christian Alvart and screenwriter Travis Malloy must have seen Aliens in the cradle, for they've digested it with love and delivered smart thrills that will please more than genre fans.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Joe Neumaier New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    20
    Throughout, some obvious questions pop up immediately.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Cliff Doerksen Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    The sort of thing that makes you wish you were playing a video game instead.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Rob Nelson Variety (Top Critic)
    Lazily derivative.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    60
    It's a tight, minimalist Alien-esque "something is loose and hunting people on our space ship" picture that is as claustrophobic as you'd expect, if not quite as paranoid as you might hope.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    63
    The long middle portion does get tedious, obvious and downright laughable, but sci-fi fans probably won't regret the experience.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Stephen Cole Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    75
    Alvart's cynicism about the current state of mankind helps make futuristic Pandorum interesting, but what makes it fun is his evident enthusiasm and talent for exploring the conventions of sci-fi films.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Frank Scheck Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    A grizzled Quaid and an intense Foster do their best to keep straight faces, but this is not an effort likely to figure prominently on their resumes.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Keith Uhlich Time Out
    20
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Mark Kermode BBC Radio Five Live
    Full Review » 3 years ago
  • Matt Neal The Standard
    40
    [Pandorum] might seem like a potentially cool movie, but unfortunately the key word is "potentially".
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Brian Orndorf BrianOrndorf.com
    25
    A gorgeous production design can't save the picture from trying too hard to dazzle with very little inspiration, and while Pandorum is easy to stare at, it can be a seriously punishing sit.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Lucius Gore ESplatter
    75
    A little bit 'Eden Log,' a little bit 'Descent,' and a whole lot of 'Alien,' 'Pandorum' ultimately succeeds as a watchable sci-fi/horror/mystery.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Anton Bitel Eye for Film
    a sci-fi scenario far less interested in exploring outer space than human interiors where the only 'aliens' are our own monstrous selves, just waiting to leap out of the atavistic shadows.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Kofi Outlaw ScreenRant
    20
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Sean Axmaker Seanax.com
    It's basically a zombie movie set-up on an industrial spaceship, a fast-moving B-movie that throws out lots of theories that don't stand up to the light of reason...
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Paul Chambers CNNRadio
    59
    I liked this movie even more on the second viewing. The monsters were trivial, but the plot was intriguing. Granted you would have to be a hard-core sci-fi fan to like this. Paul Chambers, CNN.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Prairie Miller NewsBlaze
    Veering between alarmist adventure on other planets and assault on viewer senses here at home, the claustrophobic cinematic terrorism seems to come awfully close to wielding a movie as a deadly weapon up on the screen.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Joseph Proimakis Movies for the Masses
    40
    full review at Movies for the Masses
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • David Nusair Reel Film Reviews
    0
    An unusually unpleasant and unwatchable sci-fi endeavor...
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Rob Gonsalves eFilmCritic.com
    20
    Clenches its teeth grimly as it blunders through its overstuffed plot.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • James Kendrick Q Network Film Desk
    63
    too much of the film devolves into hectic action sequences that makes you feel like someone suddenly dropped you into a blender and turned out all the lights
    Full Review » 5 years ago