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.
| Original Score: C+
The story is bigger and better than the movie.
Frankly, these two talking heads come off as perhaps the dullest people who ever cheated death.
Audiences are left stranded with some marvelous alpine photography surrounding the actors, whose athleticism is matched by their stiff--and frozen--upper lips.
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
Its title suggests a meet-and-greet with Ashton Kutcher.
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
For a movie like this, touching the void just isn't enough. It has to touch the audience, too.
The restaging adds little to our understanding of this story.
Few films have portrayed the resiliency of the human spirit with the stark realism of Touching the Void.
| Original Score: 5/5
Macdonald recognizes the power of this ordeal, and instead does all he can to get out of the story's way.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Touching the Void is the most harrowing movie about mountain climbing I have seen, or can imagine.
| Original Score: 4/4
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.
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.
An electrifyingly thrilling movie
| Original Score: B+
Excruciatingly tense story of a terrible accident.
| Original Score: 4/5
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.
| Original Score: A-
Through their eyes, we stare desperately at the unrelenting alpine tomb and try to force ourselves to believe that doom is not inevitable.
| Original Score: 3/4
True-tale mountaineering nightmare combines documentary remembrance and dramatic retelling for a terrifying, transcendent experience.
An amazing, mind-boggling story.