Werner Herzog - Rotten Tomatoes

Werner Herzog

Highest Rated:   100% Lessons of Darkness (1995)
Lowest Rated:   10% Queen of the Desert (2015)
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Birthplace:   Munich, Germany
One of the most influential filmmakers in New German Cinema and one of the most extreme personalities in film per se, larger-than-life Werner Herzog quickly gained recognition not only for creating some of the most fantastic narratives in film, but for pushing himself and his crew to unprecedented lengths, again and again, in order to achieve the effects he demanded. Born Werner Stipetic in Munich on September 5, 1942, Herzog tremendous intelligence from an early age, and recognized his future vocation in his early teens, when he began submitting scripts to German film producers.Herzog began producing short films in college, and shot his premier feature, Lebenszeichen in 1968. The director followed it with a 1970 documentary about the disabled, Behinderte Zukunft (Handicapped Future). His second feature film, the 1970 Even Dwarfs Started Small, depicts the daily activities of a bunch of dwarfs and midgets in a German penal community, who descend into an anarchic state. He continued to shoot arthouse features throughout the '70s in his native Germany like Fata Morgana, Land des Schweigens und der Dunkelheit, Aguirre the Wrath of God, The Mystery of Kaspar Hauser , Heart of Glass, Die grosse Ekstase des Bildschnitzers Steiner, Stroszek, Nosferatu ,Woyzeck, andGod's Angry Man.Between 1980 and 1982, Herzog managed to top the insanity of that film shoot with Fitzcarraldo, the story of a nineteenth century opera lover, determined to bring the music of Enrico Caruso to the Peruvian Indians. The production proved to be difficult. During shooting, a plane crashed and killed several locals, lead Jason Robards acquired amoebic dysentery and had to be replaced with Kinski, second-billed Mick Jagger abandoned the production, steamer ships used for the set became mired in the mud and could not be moved until rainy season, and tribal war nearly erupted nearby.Herzog soon found himself more interested in hardcore documentary work, and began focusing on non-fiction, with Lessons of Darkness (1992), Bells from the Deep: Faith and Superstition in Russia (1993), The Transformation of the World into Music (1994), Little Dieter Needs to Fly (1997), Wings of Hope (2000), Wheel of Time (2003) and Incident at Loch Ness (2004). Grizzly Man (2004) - comprised of footage shot by ill-fated "Grizzly Bear expert" Timothy Treadwell just before his death in a bear attack - elicited particularly strong acclaim, while 2010's Cave of Forgotten Dreams captured the 30,000 year old cave art in the Chauvet Cave using 3D cameras.Herzog's focus on documentaries didn't keep him from working on narrative films as a whole. 2001's Invincible dramatized the story of a Jewish man who rose to power with the Nazis, only to renounce his party affiliations and swear allegiance to his people, and the director's 2006 Rescue Dawn starred Christian Bale as real life pilot Dieter Dengler, who was shot down over Vietnam, and held in a Vietnamese prison camp, only to lead a successful escape with his inmates. Changing gears dramatically, 2010's Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans starred Nicholas Cage as an insane cop.In addition to his directing and screenwriting work, Herzog has acted in a number of films, perhaps most memorably in Les Blank's 1980 documentary Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe. The film was the result of a bet Herzog once had with an American film student: Herzog told the student -- who was always talking about making a film but never actually doing it -- that if he actually completed the film, Herzog would eat his own shoe. The student was Errol Morris, who later became known for his documentaries Gates of Heaven, The Thin Blue Line, and Fast, Cheap & Out of Control, and he did indeed make his film. Having lost the bet, Herzog made good on his promise, and the result was one of the stranger moments in documentary history. In Paul Cox's 1983 picture Man of Flowers, Herzog plays the centra

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
93% Lo and Behold, Reveries of the Connected World
  • Director
  • Actor
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
2016
90% Into the Inferno
  • Director
  • Actor
  • Screenwriter
2016
No Score Yet Salt and Fire
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Actor
2016
40% Salt and Fire
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
2016
No Score Yet Freaks Of Nature
  • Voice of the Perfect Being
2015
82% Home from Home: Chronicle of a Vision (Die Andere Heimat)
  • Alexander von Humboldt
2015
96% The Look of Silence
  • Executive Producer
2015
97% Red Army
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
2015
10% Queen of the Desert
  • Director
2015
72% Penguins Of Madagascar
  • Documentary Filmmaker
2014
97% Life Itself
  • Actor
2014
88% The Wind Rises
  • Castorp
2014
No Score Yet La Soufrière - Warten auf eine unausweichliche Katastrophe
  • Director
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Die Verwandlung der Welt in Musik: Bayreuth vor der Premiere (The Transformation of the World Into Music)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2014
44% The Unbelievers
  • Actor
2013
96% The Act Of Killing
  • Executive Producer
2013
87% Happy People: A Year in the Taiga
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Executive Producer
  • Narrator Himself - Narrator
2013
No Score Yet From One Second To The Next
  • Director
2013
62% Jack Reacher
  • The Zec
2012
25% Dinotasia
  • Narrator
2012
No Score Yet Death Row
  • Director
2012
No Score Yet Der Boxprinz (The Boxing Prince)
  • Actor
2012
92% Into The Abyss
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2011
96% Cave of Forgotten Dreams
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Narrator
2011
No Score Yet Bierbichler
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Ode to the Dawn of Man
  • Director
2011
49% My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
2010
No Score Yet Jag Mandir
  • Director
2009
87% Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans
  • Director
2009
No Score Yet Futurestates
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Man of Cinema: Pierre Rissient
  • Actor
2008
40% The Grand
  • The German
2008
No Score Yet Capturing Reality: The Art of Documentary
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet 40 X 15
  • Actor
2008
94% Encounters at the End of the World
  • Screenwriter
  • Narrator
  • Director
2007
91% Rescue Dawn
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2007
47% Mister Lonely
  • Father Umbrillo
2007
69% The Wild Blue Yonder
  • Director
2005
92% Grizzly Man
  • Narrator
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2005
94% Diamante Blanco
  • Actor
  • Producer
  • Director
2004
62% Incident at Loch Ness
  • Producer
  • Himself
  • Screenwriter
2004
No Score Yet Dribble
  • Actor
2004
94% Wheel of Time
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
2003
No Score Yet Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe
  • Screenwriter
  • Actor
2003
60% Tokyo-Ga
  • Actor
2003
54% Invincible
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
2002
86% Ten Minutes Older
  • Narrator
  • Director
2002
No Score Yet Pilgrimage
  • Director
2001
No Score Yet Julianes Sturz in den Dschungel (Wings of Hope)
  • Director
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet A Brief History of Errol Morris
  • Actor
2000
26% Julien Donkey-Boy
  • Julien's Father
1999
80% My Best Fiend (Mein liebster Feind - Klaus Kinski)
  • Director
  • Narrator
1999
54% What Dreams May Come
  • Face
1998
93% Little Dieter Needs to Fly: Escape from Laos
  • Screenwriter
  • Actor
  • Director
1998
100% Lessons of Darkness
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Actor
1995
No Score Yet Gesualdo - Death for Five Voices
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1995
No Score Yet Glocken aus der Tiefe - Glaube und Aberglaube in Rußland (Bells from the Deep)
  • Director
1995
No Score Yet The Transformation Of The World Into Music
  • Director
1994
No Score Yet Scream of Stone
  • Director
1991
No Score Yet Echos aus einem düsteren Reich (Echoes from a Somber Empire)
  • Director
1990
No Score Yet Giovanna D'Arco: Teatro Comunale Di Bologna
  • Director
1990
No Score Yet Wodaabe - Die Hirten der Sonne. Nomaden am Südrand der Sahara (Herdsmen of the Sun)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Bis ans Ende... und dann noch weiter. Die ekstatische Welt des Filmemachers Werner Herzog
  • Actor
1988
88% Cobra Verde
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1987
No Score Yet God's Angry Man (glaube Und Wahrung - Dr. Gene Scott, Fernsehprediger)
  • Director
1986
80% Where the Green Ants Dream (Wo die Grünen Ameisen Träumen)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1985
No Score Yet Room 666 (Chambre 666)
  • Actor
1985
No Score Yet The Dark Glow of the Mountains
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Actor
1984
No Score Yet Ballade vom kleinen Soldaten (Ballad of the Little Soldier)
  • Director
  • Actor
  • Screenwriter
1984
No Score Yet Masterpieces of Opera
  • Director
1984
No Score Yet Man of Flowers
  • Father
1983
83% Fitzcarraldo
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Producer
1982
100% Burden of Dreams
  • Actor
1982
No Score Yet Huie's Sermon
  • Director
1980
82% Woyzeck
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
1979
94% Nosferatu: Phantom der Nacht (Nosferatu the Vampyre)
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1979
100% Stroszek
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1977
89% Heart of Glass (Herz aus Glas)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
1976
No Score Yet Letzte Worte
  • Director
1976
No Score Yet How much Wood would a Woodchuck chuck... - Beobachtungen zu einer neuen Sprache
  • Director
  • Actor
1976
No Score Yet No One Will Play with Me (Mit Mir Will Keiner Spielen)
  • Director
1976
95% The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser (Jeder für sich und Gott gegen alle)(Every Man for Himself and God Against All)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Producer
1974
No Score Yet Die große Ekstase des Bildschnitzers Steiner (The Great Ecstasy of Woodcarver Steiner)
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
1974
83% Land of Silence and Darkness (Land des Schweigens und der Dunkelheit)
  • Director
  • Producer
1973
98% Aguirre, the Wrath of God (Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes)
  • Director
  • Producer
  • Screenwriter
1972
No Score Yet Fata Morgana
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1971
No Score Yet Behinderte Zukunft? (Handicapped Future)
  • Director
1971
100% Even Dwarfs Started Small (Auch Zwerge haben klein angefangen)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1970
No Score Yet Massnahmen gegen Fanatiker (Measures Against Fanatics)(Precautions Against Fanatics)
  • Director
1969
No Score Yet Die Fliegenden Ärzte von Ostafrika (The Flying Doctors of East Africa)
  • Director
1969
88% Signs of Life
  • Producer
  • Actor
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1968
No Score Yet The Unprecedented Defence of the Fortress Deutschkreuz (Die Beispiellose Verteidigung der Festung Deutschkreuz)
  • Director
1967
No Score Yet Herakles
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1962

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet The Simpsons
1989
  • Voice
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet POV
1988
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
No Score Yet American Dad (target for inaccurate feed data)
2005
  • Voice
No Score Yet The Boondocks
2005-2014
  • Narrator
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest

Quotes from Werner Herzog's Characters