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The Endurance Reviews

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Phil Hall
Film Threat
December 8, 2002
So-so documentary on ill-fated South Pole journey.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Ryan Cracknell
Apollo Guide
September 18, 2002
The interesting and almost unbelievable subject matter legitimizes the legend of Ernest Shackleton, even if it is a little slow in the process.
| Original Score: 70/100
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
August 9, 2002
A documentary that instructs as it entertains.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jeffrey Bruner
Des Moines Register
June 6, 2002
A compelling story of survival and determination.
Full Review| Original Score: 4/5
Brad Haynes
Orlando Weekly
February 26, 2002
The key to making this work is to keep the suspense building, which Butler does admirably.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
February 9, 2002
... a good choice for a family movie outing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
February 1, 2002
Fascinatingly evokes not just the gruelling, first-person details of this particular polar expedition, but the waning moments of the entire spirit of romantic, white-European Boy's Own adventurism.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 1, 2002
Beautifully blends interviews with scholars and descendants of that crew, still photos and movie film from the trip and re-creations of the events of the voyage.
Widgett Walls
January 6, 2002
The tale is so damn compelling, you could do a documentary hosted by Ben Stein in boring teacher mode and the audience would still be gnawing on their fingernails.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 4, 2002
Hands-down, the most stirring and pertinent documentary of 2001.
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
January 4, 2002
The great strength of this documentary is that when it's all over, you half feel you've been to the South Pole, too.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 4, 2002
Footage from a remarkable silent documentary has been combined with new photography, music and a narration to produce an even more remarkable sound documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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John Petrakis
Chicago Tribune
January 3, 2002
Most of all, it is a salute to Shackleton himself, whose calm and grace under extreme pressure helped guarantee that not a single crew member would be lost.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 31, 2001
Much of the power of "The Endurance" derives from the artistic images captured during the voyage by pioneer Australian documentary photographer Frank Hurley (1885-1962).
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
December 28, 2001
A first-rate documentary about an exploit that almost defies belief.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 28, 2001
Better than the book it's based on.
Marc Mohan
December 28, 2001
The sense of scale inherent in both Hurley's ancient film clips and Butler's more recent shots is greatly enhanced on the big screen.
Annlee Ellingson
Boxoffice Magazine
December 23, 2001
The footage -- all hand-cranked by Hurley -- of the Endurance buckling under the pressure of the shifting ice is an image one will not soon forget.
David Keyes
December 23, 2001
"The Endurance" doesn't simply care about the facts, it has genuine regard for the people who were involved.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
December 21, 2001
The narration by Liam Neeson is flavorful and ingratiating without ever intruding on the story, and is augmented with quotations by a dozen actors reading from the crew members' diaries and letters.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
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