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Touching the Void Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Excruciatingly tense story of a terrible accident.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 4/5

December 29, 2010
Nick Rogers

"Void" plummets into the nucleus of instinct and consciousness - survival a near-primordial pursuit beyond bravery or weakness. It concocts no comfort about what was gained, but stares in transfixed, unforgettable awe at the horror of all that was lost.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 4/4

November 4, 2010
Cole Smithey

"Touching the Void" towers above the rest of that rarest of all film genres, the docudrama.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: A+

August 9, 2009
Mark Halverson
Sacramento News & Review

This harrowing, white-knuckle tale of human endurance and gut-wrenching dilemma mingles the dramatization of these events and interviews with both climbers into an unforgettable, sometimes comically deadpan nightmare.

Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Original Score: 5/5

August 7, 2008
David Ansen
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Touching the Void leaves you emotionally and physically spent, and grateful it was only a movie, not a mountain, you had to endure.

March 26, 2007
Todd McCarthy
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Awesome and harrowing.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 26, 2007
Ed Halliwell
Empire Magazine

A slow starter which builds into a chilling depiction of the agonising disintegration of body and mind as they are exposed to the elements.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

April 1, 2006
Wally Hammond
Time Out
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As a meditation on extreme human endeavour, character, friendship and the mysteries revealed by facing death, it provides much food for thought.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

About a primal war waged by man against both himself and the natural world that surrounds him.

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

May 4, 2005
Ethan Alter
NYC Film Critic

It's certainly a far better thriller than anything Hollywood has churned out lately.

Full Review Source: NYC Film Critic | Original Score: 4/5

March 5, 2005
Tony Medley

This is a gripping tale of courage and survival with gorgeous cinematography.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 9/10

October 7, 2004
Jeffrey M. Anderson

With his new film Macdonald has achieved, if not physical elevation, then at least spiritual soaring.

Full Review Source: SPLICEDWire | Original Score: 4/4

October 6, 2004
Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
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Most movies of this type re-create the action far from the actual scene of the crime, but Macdonald has invented a new subgenre: a docudrama in which the docu and the drama are equally authentic.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

August 7, 2004
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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The facts drop away, and it becomes impossible not to read the movie symbolically -- as a journey to the center of the earth, or farther still.

August 1, 2004
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies

Illustrates the inherent human instinct to self-preserve.

Full Review Source: Window to the Movies | Original Score: 8/10

June 28, 2004
Judith Egerton
Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

Forget those Hollywood movies about extreme sports. MacDonald...has created a thrilling picture about a high-risk sport based on a true story.

Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY) | Original Score: 4/4

June 22, 2004
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

A combinação de depoimentos e reencenações extremamente realistas transformam este "docudrama" em um filme tenso, emocionante e inspirador.

| Original Score: 4/5

June 21, 2004
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette

if you've considered heading for the high ground, the movie might steer you toward a less taxing hobby -- perhaps chainsaw-juggling or organizing piranha water ballets.

Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette

May 22, 2004
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

If I said this is about the adventures of three guys on a mountain, you'd probably go to the next page. But if I said it will have you on the edge of your seat, you might go.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4

May 18, 2004
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide

Forget Cast Away. Forget Alive. Touching the Void may be the most harrowing, dazzling, haunting survival story ever filmed.

Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide | Original Score: A-

April 22, 2004

Sight and Sound
June 18, 2012
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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April 21, 2012
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October 18, 2008
Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine
November 20, 2004
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Baltimore Sun
February 21, 2004

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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February 20, 2004

Boston Phoenix
February 7, 2004
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