Into The Abyss Reviews

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.
January 25, 2012
I doubt anyone would give Into the Abyss a second look were it not directed by Werner Herzog.
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.
November 15, 2011
Watching Into the Abyss, I had the overwhelming sense that, somewhere along the way, Werner Herzog lost his way.
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.
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.
November 10, 2011
What is missing is something new - clarity, insight, outrage. Instead, its understatement is ultimately its undoing.
November 10, 2011
It's really just a rambling episode of A Current Affair.
November 4, 2011
Rarely has Werner Herzog seemed less capable of infusing a nonfiction inquiry with poetic depth than with Into the Abyss.