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Cave of Forgotten Dreams Reviews

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Glenn Dunks
September 8, 2013
Fascinating artworks by early man, sure, but they're let down by Herzog's long, rambling soliloquies about the history of homosapiens, albino crocodiles, and Baywatch... These sequences would have been right at home in a 45-minute IMAX film.
Chris Barsanti
April 28, 2011
110-proof Herzogiana
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Willie Waffle
May 6, 2011
Would have been better as a 30-minute special.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
David Nusair
September 25, 2010
...sporadically interesting yet pervasively pointless...
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail (UK)
March 24, 2011
There's nothing here that couldn't be covered adequately in 40 minutes. The other 50 minutes consist of director Werner Herzog's spiritual musings, which are uninteresting, verbose and not terribly coherent.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Blake Griffin
We Got This Covered
November 11, 2013
Even those who have found Herzog's work lacking in the past will have a hard time writing off Cave of Forgotten Dreams. It's a superb film.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Burl Burlingame
Honolulu Star-Advertiser
June 14, 2011
They emerged with a film that is supposed to be an art documentary, but is really a kind of immersive fever dream and time machine.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Joshua Starnes
May 6, 2011
Herzog and cinematographer Peter Zeitlinger have documented a natural wonder of the world that most of us will never see in person but thanks to Cave of Forgotten Dreams now have the opportunity to experience in a manner that's almost as good.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies
May 2, 2011
One of the finest uses of this new medium that I have seen.
Simon Miraudo
September 12, 2011
It's hard not to think of Han Solo's neck unnaturally shifting to dodge a CG bullet as French archaeologists gape in awe at the beautiful untouched works created by Homo sapiens past
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
April 28, 2011
This is one of the few films to use the [3D] format for intellectual, even philosophical ends: the added depth parallels the deeper understanding of humanity that the paintings inspire.
July 15, 2014
Why shoot a documentary about cave paintings in 3D? Is Werner Herzog crazy? The answer to the second question has always been, "quite possibly," but the answer to the first becomes apparent the first time he trains his camera on the cave walls.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Thomas Caldwell
Cinema Autopsy
August 13, 2011
This nature and art documentary by Werner Herzog delivers an astonishingly privileged look at a subterranean time capsule.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Charlie Lyne
Ultra Culture
March 24, 2011
For breathtaking sights and some genuinely innovative use of 3D, it's the best film of its kind since Jackass 3D.
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
January 8, 2013
Another lovely stanza in the epic poem of humanity that Herzog has been writing for half a century.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Philip Concannon
The Skinny
March 16, 2011
By the time the nuclear crocodiles have shown up you'll have long realised that nobody but Werner Herzog could have made Cave of Forgotten Dreams.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 24, 2011
...might have been a worthy film at 60 minutes long, but then it wouldn't have been a Herzog film. The difference is the difference between a film about art, and a film that is art.
Full Review | Original Score: 89/100
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 28, 2011
To the degree that it's possible for us to walk behind Herzog into that cave, we do so.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 28, 2011
See this film. It takes you to a place you won't soon forget.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 28, 2011
The unknowable or the mysteriously ambiguous in human behavior is what sets Mr. Herzog's synapses to firing with singular intensity.
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Brian Lowry
February 23, 2012

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June 8, 2012
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