Into The Abyss Reviews

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Elias Savada
Film Threat
July 11, 2015
As it winds to its inevitable conclusion, viewers are left to ponder right and wrong, and most will have the same mixed feelings they had before they took their first bite of popcorn. This looks to be on the short list for Oscar contenders.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nicolas Rapold
Film Comment Magazine
July 1, 2013
The star filmmaker, oft mocked for verging on self-parody, keeps his Teutonic explorer persona in check and allows his subjects' emotional outpourings-sadness, shame, dread, and desperation, and unexpected glimmers of hope and happiness-to set the tone.
John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
A smart documentary that takes sides in the death penalty debate but never shies away from the horrendous crimes at the center of the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 22, 2013
A virtuoso work, unparalleled in Herzog's career. And it'll just break your heart.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 27, 2013
Questions if the state has the right to murder.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
December 28, 2012
Herzog is empathetic and non-judgmental, even as his interview subjects try to rationalize their lives, declare their innocence and the like.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Adam Ross
The Aristocrat
September 27, 2012
This is humane, fascinating documentary filmmaking that is willing to confront insurmountable issues. And as is the case with most true crime material: truth is stranger than fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Sean Axmaker
Seanax.com
May 19, 2012
It is also a devastating portrait of the culture of crime, drug and alcohol abuse, and broken families ...
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
April 11, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dan Lybarger
KC Active
April 9, 2012
Herzog's engrossing examination of a real life triple murder demonstrates that evil doesn't reside only on death row.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5

Scotsman
April 1, 2012
It is a film full of despair, but it's also compelling, and Herzog's interview with a death-row groupie towards the end of the film provides a horribly grim punchline.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
March 31, 2012
Werner Herzog's documentary about a triple murder in Texas is a compelling reflection on capital punishment.
Emily McMehen
Electric Sheep
March 30, 2012
The honesty of the flesh, the absurdity of the sacred, the enduring equivalence of meaninglessness that all men share. Into the Abyss: a Tale of Death, a Tale of Life finds its foothold here.
Alex Zane
Sun Online
March 30, 2012
The film trawls the bottomless depth of hopeless criminals as much as it examines the "correctional" system.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Adams
Daily Mirror [UK]
March 30, 2012
Compulsive.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
March 30, 2012
A powerful, poignant film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sloan Freer
Radio Times
March 29, 2012
[Forces] viewers to face complex questions about society, justice and the sanctity of life.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
March 29, 2012
It's a decent film, though I felt that a clearer, sharper light could have been cast on the defendants themselves.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
March 29, 2012
When Tolstoy said all unhappy families are unhappy in their own ways, perhaps he was thinking of Texas. But even he reckoned without the rich, extraordinary complexities of unhappiness chronicled in Herzog's film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
James Bramble
Little White Lies
March 29, 2012
Moving and thought-provoking in equal measure. A Herzog doc of the highest order.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

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