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Aguirre, the Wrath of God (Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes) Reviews

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James Brundage
January 1, 2000
It drags its feet until its feet are bleeding stumps. Save yourself.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Josh Cabrita
The Young Folks
June 14, 2015
Aguirre, The Wrath of God is not just about a group of fifteenth-century explorers but is a poignant reflection of the world we still live in.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Joe Cunningham
June 7, 2013
Herzog's vision of man disregarding nature and bringing about his inevitable demise is an intoxicating one, and one that demands to be revisited through this wonderfully restored print.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
John Bleasdale
Electric Sheep
June 3, 2013
Ramshackle chaos and insanity.
Christopher Lloyd
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
September 6, 2010
This 1972 German film eschews narrative for hallucinatory images and long takes that plunge you into the whirlpool of the main character's madness. It's less storytelling than a visually disturbing fever dream.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 26, 2002
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
One of the great haunting visions of the cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Aaron Hillis
Premiere Magazine
March 9, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Fernando F. Croce
September 24, 2010
An essential hallucination, subsequently mined by Coppola, Weir and Malick but unsurpassed in its vision of the withering yet liberating madness beneath our armor
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
October 3, 2006
A saga of adventurers driven headlong into annihilation by their own hubris and desire for immortality.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rob Gonsalves
April 9, 2007
Potheads who watch this will probably check their stash the next morning to see if any of it's gone.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Cole Smithey
October 7, 2005
There is a lingering voodoo in the movie that never lets you forget the folly of man's puny sins against a dark universal order of which insanity, sickness, and death are the inevitable symptoms.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
June 4, 2013
Made for buttons, it's an awesome feat of filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
January 1, 2000
It's a truly amazing movie, an epic made from genius, stubbornness, and madness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Variety Staff
September 29, 2008
The acting is properly larger than life, especially Klaus Kinski as the title character, a lean, driven but imposing man who has heads lopped off when in any way interfered with in his task of destruction and exploration.
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
June 6, 2013
A journey down river to the mouth of Hell, but also so much more.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Nick Davis
Nick's Flick Picks
August 15, 2003
One of the pre-eminent achievements in world cinema, as far as I'm concerned.
| Original Score: 5/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
December 10, 2001
Quiet and atmospheric, creepy and grisly, drenched in both equatorial sunshine and scarlet blood -- the film is startlingly powerful as it subtly examines themes of imperialism, corporate greed and ultimately personal madness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 19, 2004
| Original Score: 5/5
Alan Dale
September 26, 2005
[A]n anti-epic about European conquest that, while based in part on ... an ill-fated historical expedition, is as macabre as a Poe story.
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