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Fitzcarraldo Reviews

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Dan Jardine
Cinemania

Herzog's film confirms that dreamers and their obsessions can give us otherwise unimaginable moments of pure beauty.

Full Review Source: Cinemania | Original Score: 76/100

July 30, 2014
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

A abordagem de imersão adotada por Herzog, somada à performance intensa de Kinski, resulta numa experiência única e inesquecível.

| Original Score: 5/5

January 26, 2010
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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The film may have been intended as an ironic comment on the absurdity of human ambition, but it's an irony that explodes in Herzog's face.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

February 9, 2007
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

Awesome, hypnotic storytelling, Fitzcarraldo finds this director working in top form

Full Review Source: Cinema Writer | Original Score: 4/4

August 24, 2006
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views

If you have a dream, the only way to accomplish it is to face it head on. If your dream requires you to drag a massive boat up a mountainside, do it. So says director Werner Herzog in the bizarre but captivating Fitzcarraldo.

Full Review Source: Movie Views

July 24, 2006
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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As a document of a quest and a dream, and as the record of man's audacity and foolish, visionary heroism, there has never been another movie like it.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

October 23, 2004
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

If there's a point to this, it's what Herzog's point always is: That obsession can drive you nuts. I'm not sure I needed a freaky German traipsing through the jungle for 2 1/2 hours to drive that point home.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 7, 2003
Rumsey Taylor
Slant Magazine

Fitzcarraldo is a more objective record of a comparable fever dream, and as such is the preeminent testament of Herzog's labor as a filmmaker.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine

June 14, 2003
Vincent Canby
New York Times
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It's a stunning spectacle, an adventure-comedy not quite like any other, and the most benign movie ever made about 19th-century capitalism running amok.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

May 20, 2003
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com

There's some pretty staggering stuff here.

| Original Score: 4/5

July 25, 2002
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A mesmerizing and engaging work of art about the adventures of a wild-eyed Irish dreamer in the exotic jungle world of the upper Amazon.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

January 17, 2002
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide

Yes, the pursuit of dreams is vital to one's feeling of empowerment and fulfilment, but surely there are limits to the costs one should exact in their pursuit.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 70/100

January 1, 2000
David Fear
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 5/5

November 17, 2011

Bullz-Eye.com

Full Review Source: Bullz-Eye.com | Original Score: 2.5/5

October 18, 2008
David Fear
Time Out New York
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Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 5/6

January 18, 2008
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

| Original Score: 5/5

September 13, 2007
Susan Granger
www.susangranger.com

| Original Score: 4/5

November 6, 2006
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily

| Original Score: 3/5

October 9, 2005
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

| Original Score: 5/5

August 19, 2005
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

| Original Score: 3/5

March 19, 2004
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