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The Endurance Reviews

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December 8, 2002
So-so documentary on ill-fated South Pole journey.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
August 27, 2001
Sinks under the weight of too many details.
October 19, 2001
Butler reaches too hard for profundity and misses the old-fashioned adventure yarn at his story's core.
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.
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.
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
October 18, 2001
A testimony to the triumph of the human spirit, and a reminder that, under the right leadership, humankind is capable of virtually anything.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
December 7, 2001
The finest documentary films always entertain while they educate, and George Butler's phenomenal Endurance goes even farther than that; it virtually hypnotizes.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
November 27, 2001
It's worth seeking out, definitely.
December 28, 2001
Better than the book it's based on.
September 18, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: A
December 28, 2001
A first-rate documentary about an exploit that almost defies belief.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 4, 2002
Hands-down, the most stirring and pertinent documentary of 2001.
September 17, 2001
While he uses Hurley's ("South") footage and photos, Butler's documentary is a far richer, more emotional work.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
September 19, 2001
I can't think of a true-life adventure that shows, better, the triumph of man over seemingly insurmountable odds.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 13, 2001
As is typical in questing stories, Shackleton started out with one objective in mind, but ended up seeking something else entirely.
October 22, 2001
Full Review| Original Score: 9/10
October 8, 2001
A remarkable documentary.
October 19, 2001
You become like a restless child at bedtime stilled and enraptured by the sheer power of narrative, and your skepticism is overwhelmed by a childlike greediness for vicarious adventure.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
October 19, 2001
The added material does little to diminish the story's epic punch and, if anything, magnifies its elegiac grandeur.
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