Into The Abyss Reviews

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March 21, 2021
With no traces of cynicism or sly wit, Into the Abyss is a particularly straightforward documentary. Thoroughly inquisitive and contemplative, Herzog seems to be saying enough is enough.
September 12, 2020
One of Herzog's most deeply moving documentaries.
June 18, 2020
Herzog spares us little in this sorrowful take on Crime and Punishment in Rick Perry's kingdom.
November 8, 2019
A steely look at the darkness that plagues much of rural America.
January 8, 2019
A film that refuses to fit into any single ideology about the subject or the approach taken by any of its cinematic predecessors. For all the director's talk about what it means to be human, it may also just be his most humane.
January 4, 2019
Werner Herzog never fails to surprise.
August 29, 2018
Into the Abyss is a hugely powerful film, shot with elegance and sensitivity to both victims and perpetrators.
July 6, 2018
Into the Abyss is not just a compelling documentary about a convicted murderer on Death Row, but a further chapter in Werner Herzog's obsessive exploration of the American way of life - and death.
November 16, 2017
The filmmaker talks with loose, amateurish presence to the people-leading questions, re-framing camerawork, shoddy jump cuts-and by talking to them makes them participants in a weird, painful geographic-familial-residential tapestry of anguish.
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.
July 22, 2016
A mark of tremendous insight that plays like another notch in the social dashboard from which Werner Herzog continues to find his inspiration.
November 11, 2015
...adopts the posture of an empathetic listener.
August 4, 2015
Werner Herzog has a well-deserved reputation for tackling difficult, risky subjects. It took courage to enter the Lone Star State and wade into the mire of capital punishment.
August 4, 2015
Herzog is a superb interviewer, never bludgeoning the interviewees with his power as filmmaker nor shying away out of discretion or discouragement.
July 11, 2015
As it winds to its inevitable conclusion, viewers are left to ponder right and wrong, and most will have the same mixed feelings they had before they took their first bite of popcorn. This looks to be on the short list for Oscar contenders.
July 1, 2013
The star filmmaker, oft mocked for verging on self-parody, keeps his Teutonic explorer persona in check and allows his subjects' emotional outpourings-sadness, shame, dread, and desperation, and unexpected glimmers of hope and happiness-to set the tone.
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.
June 22, 2013
A virtuoso work, unparalleled in Herzog's career. And it'll just break your heart.
January 27, 2013
Questions if the state has the right to murder.
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.
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