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Into The Abyss Reviews

Ben Walters
Time Out
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The result is gripping, moving and revelatory, an unabashed if implicit critique of the death penalty.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

March 27, 2012
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

December 16, 2011
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Herzog is pursuing no agenda with Into the Abyss, despite his opposition to extreme judicial measures. He's seeking to answer the question of why people kill, especially in a situation such as this where the reason for the murders was so meaningless.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

December 9, 2011
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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Into the Abyss does what too few documentaries these days do - it gives ample play to all sides of the argument. Herzog allows us to think things through on our own.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: A-

December 2, 2011
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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The overriding point of Into the Abyss, what keeps this sad, sorrowful film from becoming depressing and elevates it far above the usual chatter of liberal-conservative debate, is that there can be light on the other end of even the darkest of tunnels.

Full Review Source: Miami Herald | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 30, 2011
Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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"Into the Abyss" makes a strong case for the inhumanity of capital punishment, regardless of the crime or the criminal.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 4/4

November 23, 2011
Peter Debruge
Variety
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Herzog's investigation may not work as an anti-death-penalty editorial, but its findings are undeniably profound.

Full Review Source: Variety

November 18, 2011
Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
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A disquieting, heartbreaking look at American crime and punishment.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

November 18, 2011
Tom Long
Detroit News
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The abyss here isn't capital punishment, the ostensible subject of the film; it's the seemingly unending capacity for causing and enduring pointless misery that humans seem to have.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B+

November 18, 2011
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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It's an uneven movie, but a heartfelt and honest one.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

November 17, 2011
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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An inquiry into fundamental moral, philosophical, and religious issues, and an examination of humankind's capacity for violence - individual and institutional.

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

November 17, 2011
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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Watching Into the Abyss, I had the overwhelming sense that, somewhere along the way, Werner Herzog lost his way.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 15, 2011
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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It's like a TV crime reality show made by an alien.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

November 14, 2011
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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What could have been a well-aimed examination of the most troubling contradictions of capital punishment instead becomes a maudlin, unrestrained wallow.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 1/4

November 11, 2011
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Werner Herzog looks at the death penalty in "Into the Abyss," and as is almost always the case, to look through his eyes is to marvel.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 11, 2011
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Any subject Werner Herzog wants to explore is surely worthy of our interest. And his latest documentary is a characteristically insightful study of human nature.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

November 10, 2011
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Not since Errol Morris' masterwork of investigative documentary, "The Thin Blue Line," has a filmmaker had such an easy time of making the death penalty-crazed state of Texas look quite so casually venal.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

November 10, 2011
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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The paradox of this film is that it is both unremittingly bleak and rigorously humane.

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

November 10, 2011
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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What is missing is something new - clarity, insight, outrage. Instead, its understatement is ultimately its undoing.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

November 10, 2011
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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The movie's an "In Cold Blood'' with a patient, persistent German interlocutor instead of Truman Capote turning cartwheels in prose.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 10, 2011
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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The title of this Werner Herzog documentary may suggest another expedition to the ends of the earth, but what concerns him here is the moral abyss of capital punishment and the metaphysical abyss of death itself.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

November 10, 2011
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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It provides intimate glimpses of people usually seen, and then only briefly, as faces on a post-office wall or numbers in a cemetery.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

November 10, 2011
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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It's really just a rambling episode of A Current Affair.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: C

November 10, 2011
Scott Tobias
AV Club
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[It] powerfully suggests that violent death of any kind, whether personal or state-mandated, transforms everyone in its vicinity.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B+

November 10, 2011
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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I've long felt Herzog's personality is compelling and penetrating, and in evidence I could offer this film about Texans who are so different from the West German director.

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

November 10, 2011
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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Regardless of your own stance on the death penalty, it's impossible not to be shaken by the senseless loss depicted in "Into the Abyss," the overwhelming sadness, but also the possibility of spiritual redemption.

Full Review Source: Associated Press | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 8, 2011
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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Into the Abyss is too self-admiring of its own loose ends to come to the indictment that would put it in the company of The Thin Blue Line, but these personalities stay in your head-which is the whole point.

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

November 8, 2011
Michelle Orange
Village Voice
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An egalitarian study of crime and punishment in a small Southern town, Into the Abyss is also an unmistakably Herzogian inquiry into the lawlessness of the human soul.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

November 8, 2011
David Denby
New Yorker
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You come out shaken by the fathomless destructiveness of idiocy and the healing powers of belief and remediation.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

November 7, 2011
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