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Cave of Forgotten Dreams Reviews

July 8, 2011
It is our tour guide that makes Cave of Forgotten Dreams an often thrilling experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
July 7, 2011
The overall effect, aided by Ernst Reijseger's score of rising choral harmonies and lush strings, is rapturous.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 6, 2011
To call "Cave of Forgotten Dreams" a great movie isn't just an understatement, it's a wildly inaccurate way to describe an experience that, in its immersive sensory pleasures and climactic journey of discovery, more closely resembles an ecstatic trance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 6, 2011
This is something more than a movie; it's a testament - and re-creation - of rapture.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 5, 2011
Art history lessons don't get much better: "Cave of Forgotten Dreams" presents the world's oldest paintings captured by one of film's great visionaries.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 5, 2011
What we get from this film: a specific and personal sense that 32,000-year-old artists, with all their ideas and passions, were not, fundamentally, that different from us.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
May 5, 2011
We're never going to be allowed in this place, so thanks, Werner, for inviting us along.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 5, 2011
What we come to love about Herzog's documentary is Herzog's love itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 5, 2011
It was the birth of the modern human soul, and cinematic explorer Werner Herzog's fantastic "Cave of Forgotten Dreams" is the delivery-room video.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
May 2, 2011
Herzog's voiceover is, as always, more entertaining than most film soundtracks. The film has a touch of that gray fuzz which still afflicts 3-D, but the Chauvet cave is a perfect candidate for such technology, because it stashes its secrets in a recess.
April 29, 2011
Herzog is reaching for ways to comprehend what he imagines to be the emblems of the birth of the modern soul.
Full Review | Original Score: A
April 29, 2011
The result is a journey to prehistory that's simultaneously wondrous and tedious, profound and completely nuts -- which is to say, quintessential Herzog.
April 29, 2011
Working with extremely limited lighting, Herzog not only gives a sense of the caves as a sinuous, tactile environment, but focuses on the movement suggested by the paintings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 29, 2011
Director Werner Herzog's latest cinematic mind trip blows you away with its beauty, though not necessarily due to its exquisite use of 3-D.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
April 28, 2011
The unknowable or the mysteriously ambiguous in human behavior is what sets Mr. Herzog's synapses to firing with singular intensity.
April 28, 2011
If you're interested in the history of the human race -- if you're a member of the human race -- you owe it to yourself to see this movie.
April 28, 2011
The director is excellent at contextualizing these venerable wall paintings, at discussing them with a variety of scientists in a way that allows us to think about them with a perspective we otherwise might not have.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 28, 2011
What a gift Werner Herzog offers with "Cave of Forgotten Dreams," an inside look at the astonishing Cave of Chauvet-Pont-d'Arc - and in 3-D too.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
April 28, 2011
Has much to recommend it: Herzog's half off-the-wall/half-profound queries, a delightfully unexpected coda on albino alligators, a single scene on ancient weapons that alone justifies the 3-D process, and the opportunity to see what so few have seen.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
April 28, 2011
See this film. It takes you to a place you won't soon forget.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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.
April 28, 2011
Cave of Forgotten Dreams is a Herzogian masterpiece -- a ponderous and nauseating theme-park ride, but one that unfolds as a probing essay on the history of art.
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
April 27, 2011
This truly intimate film invites viewers to commune as well and feel a profound living connection with fellow humans of 30,000 years ago.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
April 27, 2011
Werner Herzog has such obvious enthusiasm for the discoveries he depicts in Cave of Forgotten Dreams, it's as if you're listening to a giddy little kid who learned the coolest thing at school today and can't wait to tell you all about it.
April 27, 2011
Too often, you feel the weight of a serious subject slackening the normally adroit Herzog.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 26, 2011
Filtering the world's oldest paintings through the latest in cinematic technology, Werner Herzog delivers a one-of-a-kind art-history lesson.
April 26, 2011
One of the few justifiable recent excursions into 3-D.
April 25, 2011
Cave of Forgotten Dreams is sometimes frozen by Herzog's awe. But it's hard not to love him for always trying to look beyond the surface of things, to find a common chord in the landscape of dreams.
March 23, 2011
Herzog notes, 'Time and space lose their meaning.' Inevitably bound by both, his film is as close to their beauty as we will ever get.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 18, 2010
A historic, invaluable film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 17, 2010
One of the best uses ever of 3D.
September 16, 2010
The art is beautiful, even stunningly accomplished, and these images are breathtaking -- unlike anything you've seen before or will see again.