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Into Great Silence Reviews

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

Despite his restrictions, Groning finds light and shade, contrasting the natural - more chaotic world - with the regimented life within the cloister.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 3/5

June 13, 2008
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Something to behold.

Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness | Original Score: B+

January 15, 2008
Prairie Miller

The Silence Before Bach: Illuminates a complexity of ideas, including the passive reflection prior to creative conception and organic to musical formulation and the space between sounds, that fascinate the filmmaker, both musically and cinematically.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

January 7, 2008
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies

By the final third of the documentary, we evolve to a state of envy - envious at their resolute commitment and their utter faith - and even the most cynical atheist might find himself convinced that if anyone will find God, it is these men.

Full Review Source: Zertinet Movies | Original Score: 4/4

June 27, 2007
Brandon Fibbs
Christianity Today

I have never before experienced a greater example of utterly transcendent filmmaking.

June 25, 2007
Michele Kenner
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

[Director] Gröning creates a trance-like rhythm of visual and aural patterns, ranging from the repetition of duties and behaviors to biblical quotations.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

June 21, 2007
Carla Meyer
Sacramento Bee

Gröning shows us, instead of telling us, what this life entails. Through this organic approach, Into Great Silence allows the audience to experience, at least for a few hours, the same enviable sense of peace these men carry with them.

| Original Score: 3.5/4

May 25, 2007

Los Angeles Daily News

This Silence is truly golden.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News | Original Score: 3.5/4

May 19, 2007
Larry Ratliff
San Antonio Express-News

The only place the camera doesn't go is the brewery. That's where the monks bottle their world famous Chartreuse liqueur, which sustains them financially.

| Original Score: 3/4

May 15, 2007
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Urban Cinefile

This wondrously meditative documentary is an artistic portrait depicting solitude. The fact that there is no narration, no dialogue to speak of is remarkable in itself.

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

May 13, 2007
John A. Nesbit
Old School Reviews

More visual meditation than documentary

Full Review Source: Old School Reviews | Original Score: A

May 5, 2007
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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This 2005 feature is demanding to say the least, but its pulse-slowing rhythms leave a real sense of peace.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

May 4, 2007
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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A transcendental piece of filmmaking.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 27, 2007
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Makes you wish [director Groening] would have kept the film to about 90 or 100 minutes. A little time spent in the monastery is fine, but nearly three hours is an endurance test.

Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City | Original Score: 2/4

April 27, 2007
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

At once eerie, picaresque, evocative, and utterly alien to the reality most viewers inhabit, Into Great Silence is a daring and breathtakingly constructed documentary dream.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

April 27, 2007
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune

After an hour or so, you can appreciate Gröning's meditative pacing - but by the end of the second hour, contemplation may be overwhelmed by an itch for a good car chase.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

April 27, 2007
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

A wonderfully quiet, serene portrait of Carthusian life edited to reflect the rhythm of the monastic regimen.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: A

April 26, 2007
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

If you can slow your personal pace down sufficiently to spend 162 minutes with these monks, your life might be changed.

Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan

April 7, 2007
Noel Murray
AV Club

As a place to enter and meditate, Into Great Silence is imminently worthy, but as a documentary, it doesn't do enough to probe the meaning of the quotation Gröning returns to repeatedly: "Oh Lord, you have seduced me, and I was seduced."

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B

April 5, 2007
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly

Moving, impressionistic, and worth slowing down for.

Full Review Source: Palo Alto Weekly | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 4, 2007
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