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As Above, So Below

Mystery . Thriller . Horror

When a team of explorers ventures into the catacombs that lie beneath the streets of Paris, they uncover the dark secret that lies within this city of the dead.

Actors: Emy Lévy , Théo Cholbi , Hamid Djavadan , Cosme Castro , Ali Marhyar , François Civil , Edwin Hodge , Ben Feldman , Perdita Weeks , Marion Lambert
Directors: John Erick Dowdle
Country: USA
Release: 2014-08-29
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  • The film’s finely tuned middle act, a fast-paced and quick-witted journey into (possible) madness, eventually gives way to an unsettlingly over the top final section that relies far too much on larger setpieces and supposed “big scares” that are never as good as the smaller, weirder stuff. Full Review
  • Drew McWeeny

    For sheer craftsmanship, As Above, So Below is the type of horror film you should see theatrically. It's really well-made, even if it ends up feeling a little familiar by the end.

    HitFix Full Review
  • Simon Abrams

    Novel enough to be worth the price of admission, but you'll think twice before getting back in line for a second visit. Full Review
  • Jordan Hoffman

    One of the world's top disturbing tourist attractions is now finally getting the spooky film it deserves

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Matt Risley

    Boasts sporadically electrifying visuals but a frustratingly messy mythology.

    Total Film Full Review
  • A.A. Dowd

    What’s the point in shooting a horror movie in the catacombs if it’s just going to end up looking like every horror movie not shot in the catacombs?

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Chuck Wilson

    As Above, So Below is sometimes creepy but mostly silly, which is too bad because the film's cramped subterranean setting is inherently unnerving.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Kyle Anderson

    Like other movies of its ilk, it's missing a very simple bit of next-level Hollywood technology: a tripod.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Drew Taylor

    It offers a handful of effective moments and some characters that are fun to watch squirm through muck and bones, but not much more than that, especially when the films spins out of control towards its conclusion.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Ed Gonzalez

    The film predictably alternates in scaring its characters by tapping into their deepest fears and having them rub shoulders with the relics of a past that insists on being undisturbed.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    It all makes for clumsy-fun escapism, not bad as end-of-summer chillers go.

    Variety Full Review
  • William Goss

    While its characters attempt to go deeper, As Above/So Below’s stabs at scares and sentiment only seem that much shallower.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    There are moments of welcome tension amid the inchoate lunacy, but these in turn merely highlight why the rest of the film doesn’t work.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Peter Bradshaw

    There are some interestingly contrived moments of claustrophobia and surreal lunacy, but this cliched and slightly hand-me-down script neither scares nor amuses very satisfyingly.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Mike McCahill

    These catacombs are just an echo chamber into which any rubbish can be pumped, and while this gives carte blanche to production designer Louise Marzaroli, the relentless flow of subterranean non-sequitur becomes at least as trying as the whirling, jerky non-cinematography.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    It’s more unpleasant than scary, and ever so slow in getting up to speed.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Mark Jenkins

    As Above, So Below is inherently absurd, but it would be somewhat less so had it fully committed to just one of its ridiculous premises.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Nathan Rabin

    As Above/So Below purposefully generates a certain air of mystery by keeping the exact nature of its protagonists’ experience enigmatic, but for a film that takes place underground in tightly enclosed spaces, it’s surprisingly thin on suspense and palpable physical danger.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Jeannette Catsoulis

    This quivering effort from the director John Erick Dowdle only increases in impenetrability whenever anything mildly curious occurs.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Dan Callahan

    It's clear from the start that Dowdle isn't taking any of this seriously. The same cannot be said for the game and luckless cast of young actors, who are so whiny and hysterical right from the start of their plunge into the tombs that they win hearty unintentional laughs throughout.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Jordan Mintzer

    This low budget effort from director John Erick Dowdle and writer-producer-brother Drew Dowdle provides a few late scares after plenty of eye-rolling setup, with said scares due more to the heavy sound design than the action itself.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    As forewarned, so avoid.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Robert Abele

    An entertainment-free sinkhole of Dramamine-worthy nonsense.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
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