Touching the Void Reviews

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Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
March 21, 2004
A film whose signal virtues are its focus and inherent tension still manages to trip itself up in a clutter of gratuitous details and easily avoidable blunders.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 23, 2004
The story is bigger and better than the movie.
Sean Burns
Philadelphia Weekly
February 25, 2004
Frankly, these two talking heads come off as perhaps the dullest people who ever cheated death.
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
February 5, 2004
Audiences are left stranded with some marvelous alpine photography surrounding the actors, whose athleticism is matched by their stiff--and frozen--upper lips.
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
March 17, 2004
Touching the Void is for people who want to vicariously live on the edge, braving nature at its worst from the safety of their movie theater.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
January 22, 2004
Its title suggests a meet-and-greet with Ashton Kutcher.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Dave Kehr
New York Times
January 22, 2004
Kevin Macdonald's disappointing film recounts the disastrous 1985 attempt that Joe Simpson and Simon Yates made on the 21,000 foot Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
March 5, 2004
For a movie like this, touching the void just isn't enough. It has to touch the audience, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 16, 2004
The restaging adds little to our understanding of this story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
February 9, 2004
Few films have portrayed the resiliency of the human spirit with the stark realism of Touching the Void.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
March 10, 2004
Macdonald recognizes the power of this ordeal, and instead does all he can to get out of the story's way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 6, 2004
Touching the Void is the most harrowing movie about mountain climbing I have seen, or can imagine.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
February 12, 2004
British filmmaker Kevin Macdonald has blended elements of docudrama and documentary into a satisfying whole that will keep even the most stoic movie-goer gripping the armrest throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
January 23, 2004
Fun is too casual a word for the power of this movie. But there are deep pleasures to be had in that wildly perilous wrong adventure.
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
January 22, 2004
An electrifyingly thrilling movie
| Original Score: B+
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 29, 2010
Excruciatingly tense story of a terrible accident.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Larry Carroll
February 4, 2004
This film will make you dizzy, thirsty and cold, and you might even find yourself having difficulty breathing - but you'll love every minute of it.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
March 5, 2004
Through their eyes, we stare desperately at the unrelenting alpine tomb and try to force ourselves to believe that doom is not inevitable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Rocchi
February 13, 2004
True-tale mountaineering nightmare combines documentary remembrance and dramatic retelling for a terrifying, transcendent experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
February 13, 2004
An amazing, mind-boggling story.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 21, 2012
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Maclean's Magazine
November 20, 2004

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February 7, 2004
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