Cave of Forgotten Dreams Reviews

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Sean Burns
The Improper Bostonian
May 12, 2015
Minor Herzog. Not until the final reel does it take flight the way his best pictures do.
July 15, 2014
Why shoot a documentary about cave paintings in 3D? Is Werner Herzog crazy? The answer to the second question has always been, "quite possibly," but the answer to the first becomes apparent the first time he trains his camera on the cave walls.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Blake Griffin
We Got This Covered
November 11, 2013
Even those who have found Herzog's work lacking in the past will have a hard time writing off Cave of Forgotten Dreams. It's a superb film.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 8, 2013
Another lovely stanza in the epic poem of humanity that Herzog has been writing for half a century.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total
April 23, 2012
Es indudable la capacidad del director por intentar, a través de la cámara, lo mismo que intentaron aquellos hombres y mujeres del Paleolítico unos 30.000 años atrás: comunicarse, expresar sentimientos y emociones, crear belleza.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sean Axmaker
MSN.com
November 30, 2011
... captures the space, the texture, the quality of color of these ghost-like paintings, like shadows of the past captured on the cave walls.
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
November 29, 2011
Confirmation, if any was needed, that culture and civilization existed 25,000 years ago and that we have gone downhill since the introduction of private property.
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
November 25, 2011
These images of what the world was increase my sense of awe at what the world is.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews
October 2, 2011
Werner Herzog's exploration of the miraculous Chauvel Cave comes with it evidence that human kind is indeed wired to believe in the hypnotic and poignant Cave of Forgotten Dreams.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
September 23, 2011
Cave of Forgotten Dreams is one of Herzog's most memorable films. Its subject, the 32,000-year-old drawings on the wall of the Chauvet Cave in southern France, is so astonishing that even Herzog's amiable sidetracks can't destroy the wonder.
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
September 22, 2011
There is nothing gimmicky about Herzog's use of 3D in Cave of Forgotten Dreams. The depth of field afforded by the 3D format gives the viewer an uncanny spatial awareness of the site.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)
September 21, 2011
Herzog has used the 3D process with tremendous creativity to make this very beautiful film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald
September 21, 2011
This is what 3-D was made for, puncturing the proscenium and taking us somewhere ''not yet offended''.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark Demetrius
FILMINK (Australia)
September 21, 2011
Making superb use of the 3-D, and marked by Werner Herzog's idiosyncratic sensibilities, this contains enough captivating moments to make it a must-see.
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
September 18, 2011
What is astonishing about the (32,000 year old) drawings discovered in the Chauvet Caves ... in southern France is that they look much like the drawings of competent contemporary art students
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix
September 12, 2011
It's hard not to think of Han Solo's neck unnaturally shifting to dodge a CG bullet as French archaeologists gape in awe at the beautiful untouched works created by Homo sapiens past
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
September 9, 2011
To puzzle over these questions with Herzog makes for a singular and rapturous viewing experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
August 13, 2011
This nature and art documentary by Werner Herzog delivers an astonishingly privileged look at a subterranean time capsule.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tony Macklin
tonymacklin.net
August 5, 2011
Cave of Forgotten Dreams is a 30,000-year leap of faith. Werner Herzog, after tiptoeing through the transforming cave, says, "Nothing is real. Nothing is certain." As an artist, he seems to like it that way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 24, 2011
...might have been a worthy film at 60 minutes long, but then it wouldn't have been a Herzog film. The difference is the difference between a film about art, and a film that is art.
Full Review | Original Score: 89/100

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June 8, 2012
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Variety
February 23, 2012
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