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Lake of Fire Reviews

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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Melissa Anderson
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
When the focus narrows to the personal, the film becomes undeniably powerful in its specifics.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
December 4, 2007
You may not leave the theater having switched sides, but you'll probably respect the other side more, and that in itself would be a victory for human life.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 14, 2007
For all its provocativeness, Lake of Fire is not a shapeless movie, nor a politically irresponsible one.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/6
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 26, 2007
At 152 minutes, his film doesn't seem long, because at every moment something absorbing, disturbing, depressing or infuriating is happening.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 25, 2007
No one will have an easy time of it with Lake of Fire, a work of profound anguish centered on the abortion rights debate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
October 19, 2007
Lake of Fire does something with the volatile subject of abortion that neutral observers and even political partisans can appreciate: It offers a wide representation of perspectives and opinions.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
October 19, 2007
It's the arguments on both sides that make this long, gripping film such a vital contribution to the national conversation about abortion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
October 12, 2007
A 2 1/2 -hour documentary on abortion may sound like a hard sell, but the depth and scope of Tony Kaye's grueling Lake of Fire nonetheless justifies feeling like you've just taken a long, blistering soak in one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
October 5, 2007
There's a madness to Lake Of Fire, a two-and-a-half hour documentary about abortion in America, that goes hand-in-glove with its staggering achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
October 5, 2007
[Kaye has] taken his camera places and filmed things that neither side will want you see.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
October 4, 2007
Wherever you stand on the volatile issue of abortion, Tony Kaye's exhaustive documentary could dislodge your certainties with a broad survey of opinion from opposite extremes and explicit depictions of medical procedures.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
October 4, 2007
Highly compelling, if overlong and overwrought.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
October 3, 2007
Viewer opinions about life and death provoked by Lake of Fire are not likely to flip, but they sure will get shaken.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 3, 2007
[The] film does nothing to advance the debate but does a great deal to show us what's at stake.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
October 3, 2007
One lesson of Lake of Fire is the galvanizing power of the visual image. Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words, and sometimes pictures are not enough.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
October 2, 2007
A provocatively beautiful movie on the hottest hot-button issue in American life: a woman's right to an abortion.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
October 1, 2007
This sprawling, scary, nearly unbearable film [is] more important than ever.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
April 26, 2007
Lake wants to break through decades of encrusted rhetoric to make us think again. With one slow reveal of Norma McCorvey, a.k.a. 'Jane Roe,' the movie upends all you assumed about this subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
September 20, 2006
Handsomely filmed on silvery 35mm and high-definition by Kaye himself, the shrewdly edited pic balances a full spectrum of views from all sides of the abortion debate without obviously taking a position itself.
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
September 15, 2006
Smart, visually appealing, and consistently engaging.