The White Diamond Reviews

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Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
Herzog illustrates through both Dorrington and the Rastafarian the wonder of simply being human.
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
July 6, 2006
The film is one small story and how it can be presented and interpreted to mean so much, giving significance to a more introspective definition of triumph.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 4, 2006
One of Herzog's most breathtaking and life-affirming films.
Christopher Null
December 6, 2005
The film ascends to some dizzy, emotional heights. Worth a peek.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
November 29, 2005
A superb portrait of the dangers as well as euphoria that can come from chasing one's most treasured dreams.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
September 26, 2005
Herzog loves to document humanity's perpetual struggle with nature, and in The White Diamond, the jungle -- sometimes makes sophisticated human technology laughably clumsy.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
September 1, 2005
Although The White Diamond is entire of itself, it earns its place among the other treasures and curiosities in Herzog's work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
September 1, 2005
When we finally see the ship sailing through majestic cloud formations over the breathtaking Amazon canopy, the name seems absolutely fitting -- for a gem of an aircraft and a jewel of a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Russell Edwards
September 1, 2005
Herzog's eye for the weird sometimes makes the docu feel strained, but engaging characters imbue the pic with depth and emotional appeal.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
July 8, 2005
A minor but often visually stunning meditation on nature and man's desire to conquer it.
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide
June 3, 2005
An intoxicating dream of a film that speaks to the daydreamer in all of us.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
June 3, 2005
The film is rather aimless, if not pointless, but you cannot take your eyes off it for one second.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
June 3, 2005
In The White Diamond, man and nature barely rub against each other, and it's this friction that makes for the film's most astounding images.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
June 2, 2005
Touching, transfixing, unique.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 1, 2005
Werner Herzog's documentary suggests that while the German filmmaker has mellowed a bit with age, he is still fascinated by the danger and romance of the natural world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
May 31, 2005
Werner Herzog may lack heroes, nowadays, who seem adequate to his fierce capacity for wonder. When occasion demands, however, he can still turn the world upside down.
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
May 31, 2005
Any day in which I'm able to step into the gaze path of extreme, globe-trotting seeker-of-otherworldliness Werner Herzog -- like a matinee dreamer transfixed in a projector's beam -- is a day well lived.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
June 1, 2005
Magnificent shots of waterfalls and other natural phenomena abound, but it's far too late in the history of nature photography to expect anyone to gawk at them.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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November 17, 2011
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
August 16, 2007
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
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