Walking to Werner Reviews

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Eric Monder
Film Journal International
September 4, 2007
By the end of Walking to Werner, we are no worse off but we are not much better either.
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
August 10, 2007
[Subject] Phillips is a lot better at walking than talking, and his musings seem especially insipid intercut with audio clips of Herzog's sage observations.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
August 10, 2007
The real interest in the film is not the journey or even Linas Phillips, but the people he meets on the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
August 9, 2007
Even the most ardent Herzog admirer may want to hail this fledgling documentarian a cab and call it a day.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 20, 2007
Despite the callow, self-absorbed aspects of Phillips' undertaking, there's something endearing about his determination to recreate -- and then some -- a 30-year-old gesture that looked nutty then and only looks nuttier now.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Adam Nayman
eye WEEKLY
July 20, 2007
It's an impressive odyssey, but the film -- which alternates between Phillips' ceaseless ramblings and interviews with the predictably eccentric folks he meets on the road -- plays like a prolonged death march.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ed Gonzalez
Village Voice
July 20, 2007
Phillips's trip begins as an attention-grabbing show of devotion but transforms into a many-sided experiment in empathy.
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Eddie Cockrell
Variety
July 20, 2007
The high-strung antics of Linas Phillips, who films his hike from Seattle to Los Angeles to meet Werner Herzog, may strike some as a noble spiritual undertaking, but others will find it an exercise in indulgent self-absorption.
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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
July 20, 2007
The documentary Walking to Werner is a deeply self-reflexive work, perpetually at risk of disappearing into its own iris.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Rob Humanick
Slant Magazine
July 20, 2007
Phillips's singular determination is not unlike that of the artist he aspires to meet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times
June 29, 2007
Walking to Werner flirts with becoming an ordeal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Paula Nechak
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
June 29, 2007
It's the closest thing to a cinematic religious experience I can think of -- all combined with Phillips' terrific sense of visual style, humor and willingness to risk life for art.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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David Fear
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Cliff Doerksen
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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