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Cave of Forgotten Dreams Reviews

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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 Source: DCist | Original Score: 8/10

July 15, 2014
Blake Griffin
We Got This Covered

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 Source: We Got This Covered | Original Score: 9/10

November 11, 2013
Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Another lovely stanza in the epic poem of humanity that Herzog has been writing for half a century.

Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 8, 2013
Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total

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 Source: Uruguay Total | Original Score: 4/5

April 23, 2012
Sean Axmaker
MSN.com

... captures the space, the texture, the quality of color of these ghost-like paintings, like shadows of the past captured on the cave walls.

Full Review Source: MSN.com

November 30, 2011
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews

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.

Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews

November 29, 2011
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer

These images of what the world was increase my sense of awe at what the world is.

Full Review Source: Looking Closer | Original Score: B

November 25, 2011
Matthew Pejkovic
Matt's Movie Reviews

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 Source: Matt's Movie Reviews | Original Score: 4/5

October 2, 2011
Julie Rigg
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

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.

Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National

September 23, 2011
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)

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 Source: Herald Sun (Australia) | Original Score: 4/5

September 22, 2011
David Stratton
At the Movies (Australia)

Herzog has used the 3D process with tremendous creativity to make this very beautiful film.

Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia) | Original Score: 4/5

September 21, 2011
Paul Byrnes
Sydney Morning Herald

This is what 3-D was made for, puncturing the proscenium and taking us somewhere ''not yet offended''.

Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald | Original Score: 4/5

September 21, 2011
Mark Demetrius
FILMINK (Australia)

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.

Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)

September 21, 2011
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile

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

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

September 18, 2011
Simon Miraudo
Quickflix

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 Source: Quickflix | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 12, 2011
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

To puzzle over these questions with Herzog makes for a singular and rapturous viewing experience.

Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI) | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 9, 2011
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy

This nature and art documentary by Werner Herzog delivers an astonishingly privileged look at a subterranean time capsule.

Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy | Original Score: 4/5

August 13, 2011
Tony Macklin
tonymacklin.net

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 Source: tonymacklin.net | Original Score: 2.5/5

August 5, 2011
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

...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 Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 89/100

July 24, 2011
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies

What you see in the film is awe-inspiring.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 3.5/5

July 8, 2011

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June 8, 2012
Brian Lowry
Variety
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