Into The Abyss Reviews

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March 29, 2012
It's a decent film, though I felt that a clearer, sharper light could have been cast on the defendants themselves.
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.
March 29, 2012
When Tolstoy said all unhappy families are unhappy in their own ways, perhaps he was thinking of Texas. But even he reckoned without the rich, extraordinary complexities of unhappiness chronicled in Herzog's film.
March 29, 2012
Moving and thought-provoking in equal measure. A Herzog doc of the highest order.
March 27, 2012
The result is gripping, moving and revelatory, an unabashed if implicit critique of the death penalty.
December 16, 2011
December 9, 2011
Herzog is pursuing no agenda with Into the Abyss, despite his opposition to extreme judicial measures. He's seeking to answer the question of why people kill, especially in a situation such as this where the reason for the murders was so meaningless.
December 2, 2011
Into the Abyss does what too few documentaries these days do - it gives ample play to all sides of the argument. Herzog allows us to think things through on our own.
November 30, 2011
The overriding point of Into the Abyss, what keeps this sad, sorrowful film from becoming depressing and elevates it far above the usual chatter of liberal-conservative debate, is that there can be light on the other end of even the darkest of tunnels.
November 23, 2011
"Into the Abyss" makes a strong case for the inhumanity of capital punishment, regardless of the crime or the criminal.
November 18, 2011
Herzog's investigation may not work as an anti-death-penalty editorial, but its findings are undeniably profound.
November 18, 2011
A disquieting, heartbreaking look at American crime and punishment.
November 18, 2011
The abyss here isn't capital punishment, the ostensible subject of the film; it's the seemingly unending capacity for causing and enduring pointless misery that humans seem to have.
November 17, 2011
It's an uneven movie, but a heartfelt and honest one.
November 17, 2011
An inquiry into fundamental moral, philosophical, and religious issues, and an examination of humankind's capacity for violence - individual and institutional.
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 11, 2011
Werner Herzog looks at the death penalty in "Into the Abyss," and as is almost always the case, to look through his eyes is to marvel.
November 10, 2011
Any subject Werner Herzog wants to explore is surely worthy of our interest. And his latest documentary is a characteristically insightful study of human nature.
November 10, 2011
Not since Errol Morris' masterwork of investigative documentary, "The Thin Blue Line," has a filmmaker had such an easy time of making the death penalty-crazed state of Texas look quite so casually venal.
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