Into Eternity Reviews

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Simon Foster
sbs.com.au
October 11, 2011
Madsen's ominous work is reminiscent, stylistically, of Kubrick's masterworks 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) and The Shining (1980) in its visual precision and chilly environs.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 17, 2011
Into Eternity is a documentary that may look like a science fiction movie, but it ends up more of a horror film.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl
May 27, 2011
Into Eternity may be the most honest, as well as the most beautiful, documentary you've ever seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 27, 2011
Madsen, whose symmetrical compositions and slo-mo shots of uniformed workers have a quality of Kubrickian sci-fi, frames the film as a message to the future.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle
May 26, 2011
In a deceptively low-key manner, Danish filmmaker Michael Madsen has beautifully crafted one of the most provocative movies of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
April 8, 2011
Directed by Danish filmmaker Michael Madsen with grace and deep curiosity, "Into Eternity" is better than timely.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Marty Mapes
Movie Habit
March 31, 2011
Finland leads in storing nuclear waste, and what a long strange trip it will be
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Lauren Wissot
Slant Magazine
February 7, 2011
Watching the film is akin to having a totally immersive, video game-like experience, a journey best described as Lord of the Rings meets 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
February 7, 2011
Into Eternity provides few solutions regarding the estimated 200,000 to 300,000 tons of N-waste lying around the world, but it does alert us to potentially devastating consequences. Will we heed the warning?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
February 4, 2011
More like a troubling dream, or outtakes from an abandoned David Lynch project, than a conventional documentary.
Jennifer Merin
About.com
February 4, 2011
This film is about your legacy. If you want to see the future, you want to see this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
February 3, 2011
While nothing said in his film undercuts this worry, the way the movie and the people in it express their concern gives it a feeling of sublimity unusual in most environmentalist documentaries.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
February 3, 2011
Approaches the Onkalo problem with one part curiosity to two parts dubiousness, reflected in a hyper-aestheticized style that feels equally influenced by Errol Morris, Sigur Rós, and creepy science-fiction movies.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
February 3, 2011
Part instructional video, part existential head-trip
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
February 2, 2011
Transcending agitprop, this disturbing documentary gets to the heart of the question of civilization and its discontents.
Chris Barsanti
Film Journal International
February 2, 2011
The story of a nuclear-waste repository designed to last 100,000 years becomes a haunting rumination on time, language, civilization and folly.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
February 1, 2011
Defamiliarizing the snowy Nordic landscape, this delicately lurid documentary has a somber beauty. It is meant to boggle the mind and inspire awe-and it does.
Vadim Rizov
Boxoffice Magazine
January 28, 2011
The film reaches way beyond the usual activist crowd by making itself as formally compelling as it is tightly argued.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
November 17, 2010
As a film, it's extremely mannered. And truly sobering.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
November 12, 2010
Formally exacting and sonically immersive, Madsen's approach is so hypnotic you emerge as if roused from a troubling dream.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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