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Into Great Silence Reviews

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January 11, 2007
Simply put, the film goes on much too long. There's no real shaping of the story, no real structure to the documentary. What on paper sounds like it could be a fascinating prospect in execution turns out to be something of a snooze.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
February 26, 2007
A non-verbal contemplation of time in itself and of man's place in that dimension, 'Into Great Silence' is striking visually but a trial for viewers.
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
October 27, 2006
Though there are dozens of images here that you might want as a computer-screen saver, Into Great Silence does not add up to a valuable or engrossing documentary.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 27, 2006
What seems to happen when you watch a movie in near total silence is that you become almost sensory-starved -- a meditative state by definition, I suppose.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
April 27, 2007
After an hour or so, you can appreciate Gröning's meditative pacing - but by the end of the second hour, contemplation may be overwhelmed by an itch for a good car chase.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 27, 2007
Makes you wish [director Groening] would have kept the film to about 90 or 100 minutes. A little time spent in the monastery is fine, but nearly three hours is an endurance test.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 12, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: D
August 23, 2017
. . .if you'd like no sound at all then enter Into Great Silence, a look inside the beautifully austere monastery of the Grande Chartreuse and simply rest your ears.
June 27, 2007
By the final third of the documentary, we evolve to a state of envy - envious at their resolute commitment and their utter faith - and even the most cynical atheist might find himself convinced that if anyone will find God, it is these men.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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.
March 5, 2007
The film's "great silence" is, like much of monastic life, an ascetic ideal to be pursued, but never attained.
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
February 28, 2007
Already easily ranks as one of the great cinematic documents of our time.
January 15, 2008
Something to behold.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 28, 2007
A mesmerizing mood piece which steeps the viewer in the humbling stillness of monastic life, thereby inducing reflection upon one's own relation to God versus the trappings of technology and the rampant materialism of modern society.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
January 7, 2008
The Silence Before Bach: Illuminates a complexity of ideas, including the passive reflection prior to creative conception and organic to musical formulation and the space between sounds, that fascinate the filmmaker, both musically and cinematically.
October 27, 2006
Viewing Into Great Silence is meant to mimic the experience of living with the monks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 16, 2007
Gröning's extraordinary new documentary... beautifully bucks the trend of so many recent documentaries.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 25, 2007
I have never before experienced a greater example of utterly transcendent filmmaking.
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