Encounters at the End of the World Reviews

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July 7, 2019
A minor miracle of a movie, one that dares, even for an instant, to reach out and touch the face of god.
March 30, 2018
Some TV viewers may tune in expecting more penguins; what they get instead is a portrait of people in search of the sublime.
November 24, 2011
November 16, 2011
November 16, 2011
September 25, 2010
Damnably frustrating and fascinating, Herzog's questions deconstruct Earth's DNA in a scientific process going beyond statistics to ancestry or spirituality - an idea that we're witnesses and valets who are here and, sooner than we think, will be gone.
June 12, 2010
Respect for the environment is not a moral issue for Herzog, but a common sense issue of survival. In the harsh environs of the polar regions, his point is made with crystalline clarity.
September 10, 2009
The footage is breathtaking. We also are privileged to watch seals feeding their young, but the revelations about penguin 'prostitutes' are perhaps the film's most extraordinary. Gay penguins? Insane penguins?
August 26, 2009
Caustically enchanting
July 30, 2009
...May not have the shock and drive of Grizzly Man, but it's a poignant and even haunting work nonetheless
May 13, 2009
April 28, 2009
His best film for years.
April 25, 2009
This Oscar-nominated gem reveals far more than the traditional documentary by coming at the subject from an unexpected angle to reveal a myriad of unvarnished truths.
April 25, 2009
Too loose and aimless to sit with Herzog's best, Encounters drifts along on its filmmaker's frostbitten humour and his ever-searching eye for weirdness and wonder.
April 25, 2009
Herzog is baffled, amused and fascinated by them all, exults in their palpable strangeness, draws us deep into their unique world and, via Henry Kaiser's extraordinary underwater photography, what looms often unnervingly beneath it.
April 24, 2009
Nature at its most mysterious, brutal and implacable - just as Herzog likes it.
April 24, 2009
Seemingly off-hand, cumulatively imposing, utterly masterful.
April 24, 2009
As a nature doc alone, Encounters at the End of the World would stand as one of the year's best. But it is the people who choose to live and work at the very ends of the Earth that are Herzog's real subject.
April 24, 2009
It's a thoroughly intelligent, worthwhile and tremendous-looking film. But where is the dark spark of Herzog magic?
April 24, 2009
Almost every film Werner Herzog makes is savage and incisive. Encounters at the End of the World, far-out and unforgettable.
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