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Into The Abyss Reviews

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November 15, 2011
Watching Into the Abyss, I had the overwhelming sense that, somewhere along the way, Werner Herzog lost his way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 29, 2012
The extensive use of lurid crime scene videos and subtitles set in a naff typewriter font sit uneasily with the director's opposition to capital punishment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
November 10, 2011
What is missing is something new - clarity, insight, outrage. Instead, its understatement is ultimately its undoing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
November 4, 2011
Rarely has Werner Herzog seemed less capable of infusing a nonfiction inquiry with poetic depth than with Into the Abyss.
January 25, 2012
I doubt anyone would give Into the Abyss a second look were it not directed by Werner Herzog.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
November 10, 2011
Herzog's film examines the taking of life, whether the person who is dying is a criminal...or a woman interrupted while making cookies, as Stotler was, but it does so in an oddly distanced manner.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
November 10, 2011
It's really just a rambling episode of A Current Affair.
Full Review | Original Score: C
November 11, 2011
What could have been a well-aimed examination of the most troubling contradictions of capital punishment instead becomes a maudlin, unrestrained wallow.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
November 18, 2011
Herzog is an eloquent interviewer/documentarian. Yet his technically flawless film leaves you reeling emotionally even as you wonder why, and why now, he's turned his lens on the American way of crime and punishment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
July 13, 2017
Herzog insinuatingly and gently coaxes his interviewees while his camera registers a more ambiguous, startled fixation on people and places, plus a willingness to stare bluntly. Director and camera are like good cop, bad cop.
June 22, 2013
A virtuoso work, unparalleled in Herzog's career. And it'll just break your heart.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
September 27, 2012
This is humane, fascinating documentary filmmaking that is willing to confront insurmountable issues. And as is the case with most true crime material: truth is stranger than fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 30, 2013
A smart documentary that takes sides in the death penalty debate but never shies away from the horrendous crimes at the center of the story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 30, 2012
The honesty of the flesh, the absurdity of the sacred, the enduring equivalence of meaninglessness that all men share. Into the Abyss: a Tale of Death, a Tale of Life finds its foothold here.
December 8, 2011
Herzog unforgettably shows how when you pull tight the straps on men who've lain down to die, it leaves a mark.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
November 19, 2011
Herzog proves a formidable guide through several controversial conditions of American life: notably crime and punishment, and living with death.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 28, 2012
Herzog is empathetic and non-judgmental, even as his interview subjects try to rationalize their lives, declare their innocence and the like.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 24, 2011
The title Into the Abyss could serve for any of Werner Herzog's documentaries, but this portrait of death row inmate Michael Perry is perhaps the least Herzogian film in his nonfiction catalogue.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 17, 2011
Into the Abyss is both affecting and frustrating, the work of a smart and sensitive filmmaker who, much like the justice system he confronts, mistakes half-formed ideas for profound truth.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 23, 2012
Yet another intriguing and surprising film from this ever-fascinating documentarian.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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