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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
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
August 27, 2001
Sinks under the weight of too many details.
Arne Johnson
October 19, 2001
Butler reaches too hard for profundity and misses the old-fashioned adventure yarn at his story's core.
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.
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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.
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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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James Berardinelli
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
Scott Weinberg
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
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 27, 2001
It's worth seeking out, definitely.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 28, 2001
Better than the book it's based on.
Eric D. Snider
September 18, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: A
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
Joe Baltake
Sacramento Bee
January 4, 2002
Hands-down, the most stirring and pertinent documentary of 2001.
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
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-
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
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+
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
October 13, 2001
As is typical in questing stories, Shackleton started out with one objective in mind, but ended up seeking something else entirely.
Susan Granger
October 22, 2001
Full Review| Original Score: 9/10
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 8, 2001
A remarkable documentary.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Gene Seymour
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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