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.
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 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.
May 15, 2014
The mysteries are fascinating, all the more so because they are still unsolved.
May 9, 2014
A dazzling documentary about an unsolved murder in an ad hoc community in the Galapagos islands in 1934.
May 8, 2014
"The Galapagos Affair" spins a strange and compelling tale, with perfectly sinister music by Laura Karpman setting the mood. But the movie is better at building suspense than following through.
April 17, 2014
Though the pace occasionally flags during its two-hour running time, "The Galapagos Affair" is a fascinating look at a place of great beauty and remoteness, and at the kind of people drawn to live there.
April 17, 2014
Move over, Charles Darwin, when it comes to great tales about the Galapagos, you've got company.
April 17, 2014
How could this not be a great documentary? By putting it in the hands of Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller, who have squandered their sensational subject into a two-hour slog.
April 11, 2014
The denouement plays like a remix of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness with a chorus of unreliable narrators.
April 10, 2014
Easily, this is the most irresistible movie of 2014, so far.
April 4, 2014
A stranger-than-fiction gem.
April 4, 2014
I wonder what Charles Darwin would have made of this movie. Survival of the fittest doesn't begin to explain what happened on Floreana.
April 4, 2014
Everyone has a different theory on "whodunit," and the fun of the film is to make your own guesses.
April 3, 2014
The lessons, although obvious, bear repeating.
April 3, 2014
Somehow, there's a great deal of silent-film footage of these folks, taken at the time of the events described, as well as a treasure trove of still photos, allowing directors Daniel Geller and Dayna Goldfine to keep things visually compelling.
April 3, 2014
How anyone could make such an uninvolving movie out of such a fascinating subject remains its own inexplicable mystery.
April 1, 2014
At the birthplace of Darwinism, we witness human potential give way to animalism.
April 1, 2014
The doc never yokes all these threads into anything particularly deep or illuminating. The Galapagos Affair is less social commentary, more gossip.
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