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Touching the Void Reviews

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David Ansen
Newsweek
March 26, 2007
Touching the Void leaves you emotionally and physically spent, and grateful it was only a movie, not a mountain, you had to endure.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
March 26, 2007
Awesome and harrowing.
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
February 9, 2006
As a meditation on extreme human endeavour, character, friendship and the mysteries revealed by facing death, it provides much food for thought.
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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 7, 2004
Most movies of this type re-create the action far from the actual scene of the crime, but Macdonald has invented a new subgenre: a docudrama in which the docu and the drama are equally authentic.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
August 1, 2004
The facts drop away, and it becomes impossible not to read the movie symbolically -- as a journey to the center of the earth, or farther still.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
March 5, 2004
For a movie like this, touching the void just isn't enough. It has to touch the audience, too.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
March 5, 2004
One of the most gripping and harrowing looks at mountain climbing ever filmed.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
March 5, 2004
An edge-of- the-seat, what-else- could-go- wrong thriller with the building momentum of fiction.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
March 5, 2004
If you walk away from Touching the Void amazed at the strength of the human will to survive, even without faith or solid hope for the future, the film has likely done its job.
| Original Score: B
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
February 20, 2004
Touching The Void takes us to both heaven and hell, and knowing the final result only serves to increase our sense of awe at the achievement.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
February 20, 2004
Nail-biting.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Don Sapatkin
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 19, 2004
Riveting and remarkably unembellished.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
February 18, 2004
A wondrous recreation of that physical adventure.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
February 13, 2004
An amazing, mind-boggling story.
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Eric Harrison
Houston Chronicle
February 13, 2004
A tense, well-made tale about excruciating experiences.
| Original Score: B
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
February 12, 2004
A white-knuckle adventure that combines the suspense of great drama with the veracity of documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
February 12, 2004
A truly moving tale about that strongest of human instincts: survival.
| Original Score: 4/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
February 12, 2004
British filmmaker Kevin Macdonald has blended elements of docudrama and documentary into a satisfying whole that will keep even the most stoic movie-goer gripping the armrest throughout.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 12, 2004
Macdonald has done an astonishing job of recreating the climbers' saga of disaster and triumph.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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February 6, 2004
While some of the moviemaking looks very conventional, I have enormous respect for the camera operator and wouldn't blame him a bit if at times he worried more about stepping into a 300-foot crevasse than in getting the most original angle.
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
February 6, 2004
Survival stories tied to extreme activities always come with caveats ... All cynicism vanishes once Touching the Void, a docudrama by Oscar- winning director Kevin Macdonald, charts climber Joe Simpson's excruciating descent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 6, 2004
While the tale is remarkable enough to compel our interest, this is a case of the story carrying the filmmaking rather than the other way around.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 6, 2004
Touching the Void is the most harrowing movie about mountain climbing I have seen, or can imagine.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
February 6, 2004
Void is smart enough to let the story tell itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
February 5, 2004
It's one of the all-time great high adventures, easily on a par with Deliverance and Jaws.
| Original Score: 4/4
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John Patterson
L.A. Weekly
February 5, 2004
Breathtaking stuff that freezes the toes, harrows the soul and turns the viewer's seat into a foot-wide ledge over a yawning chasm.
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
February 5, 2004
So well cast and well captured is Touching the Void that it suspends disbelief, making us feel as if we're actually watching Simpson's own icy version of Dante's Inferno.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
January 23, 2004
A tale of fortitude that comes not from muscle but from the ineffable, bungee-like sinew that is the human spirit.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
January 23, 2004
The story is bigger and better than the movie.
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Craig Welch
Seattle Times
January 23, 2004
Novelists like to say that fiction captures quiet truths nonfiction simply can't. Touching the Void offers up a powerful counterargument.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
January 23, 2004
Void offers some remarkable scenery and no small amount of drama.
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
January 23, 2004
The photography is awesome, inspiring many 'How did they get that shot?' moments.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
January 23, 2004
A movie that manages to be suspenseful even though we know the outcome.
| Original Score: B
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
January 23, 2004
Fun is too casual a word for the power of this movie. But there are deep pleasures to be had in that wildly perilous wrong adventure.
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
January 22, 2004
One of the best climbing movies ever made, doing justice to a sport that has not been well served by the cinema.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Dave Kehr
New York Times
January 22, 2004
Kevin Macdonald's disappointing film recounts the disastrous 1985 attempt that Joe Simpson and Simon Yates made on the 21,000 foot Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
January 22, 2004
It's a story so compelling that, as they say in the wire services, it practically tells itself.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Jessica Winter
Village Voice
January 20, 2004
Though matter- of-factly presented, Simpson's endurance test exceeds the imagination, and reanimates every blurbable cliché in the film reviewer's word bank.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
January 14, 2004
A daring half-dramatized, half-documentary film adaptation of the best-selling book by Joe Simpson.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
October 22, 2003
It combines candid recollections and spectacularly photographed dramatic reconstructions to highly compelling effect.