The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden Reviews

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March 16, 2020
The film builds tension slowly and steadily and shows the stuff of true crime in an exotic land. The directors resist sensationalizing, and instead mete out the story in thorough--perhaps too thorough-- details.
April 2, 2019
One typically feels a certain disconnect when looking at old black and white photos like these, but the readings bridge that gap and give the photos an eerie immediacy.
June 4, 2018
Fascinating but labored attempt to solve an 80 year old "murder in paradise" mystery.
September 12, 2017
[An] exotic thriller of a doc.
September 18, 2014
In this gripping true-crime story, an absurdist stew of petty tensions and quasi-Nietzschean dynamics rip apart the tiny colony of Europeans who settled one of the Galapagos islands in the '30s.
September 5, 2014
holds the viewer and compels him
July 31, 2014
The wealth of letters and journals, read by a strong cast that includes Diane Kruger and Connie Nielsen, provides an instant emotional charge.
July 25, 2014
To make a thrilling documentary about the past, you need dead people who were honest or creative in ways you can exploit. This extraordinary film, which deconstructs a murder mystery from the Thirties, has such people in spades.
July 25, 2014
It's like an Agatha Christie plot.
July 24, 2014
Quite a few pounds of fat could have been cut from this film, but it's a remarkable tale.
July 24, 2014
Could do with a brisker edit, but the bizarre, exotic nature of the subject matter is wholly riveting and confidently staged.
July 21, 2014
Its unhurried pace and inability to wring tension from the conflicting accounts ensures that though it fascinates, the film never fully enthrals.
June 3, 2014
The story at the center of The Galapagos Affair is fascinating and historically resonant, and Goldfine and Geller tell it well.
May 15, 2014
The mysteries are fascinating, all the more so because they are still unsolved.
May 9, 2014
The peculiar fascination exerted by The Galapagos Affair is a testament to our voyeuristic desire for real-life tales of odd characters in awful situations.
May 9, 2014
A dazzling documentary about an unsolved murder in an ad hoc community in the Galapagos islands in 1934.
May 2, 2014
Despite The Galapagos Affair's bloated runtime, clocking in at a shade over two hours, the two-thirds of the film that is good is a very compelling illustration of the inescapability of human nature and the constraints of society.
May 2, 2014
With effective use of archival footage, modern interviews, and narration from survivors' journals, this doc will have viewers debating whodunit for hours over postscreening beers.
May 1, 2014
Rare document of adventure, disillusionment and death, but the mystery remains.
April 28, 2014
The Galapagos Affair is an interesting and bizarre story about the way in which noble dreams so often lead to folly.
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