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Into Great Silence Reviews

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John Hartl
Seattle Times
March 30, 2007
On a philosophical level, Into Great Silence emphasizes the virtues of the ascetic life, returning again and again to the idea of giving away all possessions in order to become a true disciple.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
March 29, 2007
At nearly three hours, this overlong and repetitive film is not for everyone, but patient viewers will find their time well-invested.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 29, 2007
[Some] viewers are likely to consider this nearly three-hour, nearly soundless documentary as a chance to catch up on their sleep.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
March 29, 2007
As we vicariously participate in their daily rituals, we find ourselves at the ground level of spiritual worship. It's hard to recall a similar documentary that brings viewers so palpably close to that sacred experience.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 29, 2007
Watching Into Great Silence is like running a marathon or reading the dictionary: worthwhile, but you're glad to be done with it.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
March 29, 2007
Into Great Silence is a film of great spiritual intensity and haunting minimalism that enlarges your concepts of movies and of life.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 16, 2007
Have I got a movie for you. Into Great Silence is a two-hour-and-40-minute documentary about monks, and it is one of the transporting film experiences of this or any other year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
March 16, 2007
The silence captured in this documentary may be the most eloquent you'll ever hear.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
March 16, 2007
Gröning's extraordinary new documentary... beautifully bucks the trend of so many recent documentaries.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine
March 9, 2007
A challenging but worth-it experience for more reasons than one can actually speak (or write) in words. It's a documentary to be watched over time, with a Carthusian level of contemplation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
March 8, 2007
Though it likely will not persuade people to join the ranks, experiencing life behind the walls has an undeniable effect. We've been allowed a glimpse of eternity. And who would not be changed by that?
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
March 7, 2007
Their silence is full to the brim with incidental sound that functions as both score and narration in this hyper-empathic film.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 7, 2007
For two hours and 42 minutes, Into Great Silence offers painterly images of an existence that is, almost literally, too reverent for words.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Leo Goldsmith
Reverse Shot
March 5, 2007
The film's "great silence" is, like much of monastic life, an ascetic ideal to be pursued, but never attained.
Laura Clifford
rec.arts.movies.reviews
March 5, 2007
An old, blind monk describes very simply the joy of giving oneself over to God. Gröning finds Him in his filmstock....
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
March 2, 2007
Groning then moved into the isolated, centuries-old monastery and for six months, minus crew or artificial light, recorded the monks' daily routine. The result is the seductive documentary Into Great Silence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jurgen Fauth
About.com
March 2, 2007
Exquisitely boring.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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John Anderson
Newsday
March 1, 2007
Into Great Silence is one of those films -- Martin Scorsese's Kundun is another example -- wherein the spiritual aspiration of the filmmaker informs, and even exalts, the film itself.
Rob Mackie
Guardian
March 1, 2007
There are definitely moments of poetry and sweetness, and it is a notable achievement, years in the making.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
March 1, 2007
The movie captures the feeling of silence, of timelessness, of contemplation, of spiritual discipline, of communion with God and the rejection of the material world.
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