Touching the Void Reviews

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January 23, 2019
In the right hands, a docudrama can deliver all the excitement, emotion and storytelling of the very best feature films -- and director Kevin Macdonald has done that with startling clarity in the mountaineering adventure Touching the Void.
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.
March 26, 2007
Awesome and harrowing.
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.
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.
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.
March 5, 2004
For a movie like this, touching the void just isn't enough. It has to touch the audience, too.
March 5, 2004
One of the most gripping and harrowing looks at mountain climbing ever filmed.
March 5, 2004
An edge-of- the-seat, what-else- could-go- wrong thriller with the building momentum of fiction.
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.
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.
February 20, 2004
Nail-biting.
February 19, 2004
Riveting and remarkably unembellished.
February 18, 2004
A wondrous recreation of that physical adventure.
February 13, 2004
An amazing, mind-boggling story.
February 13, 2004
A tense, well-made tale about excruciating experiences.
February 12, 2004
A white-knuckle adventure that combines the suspense of great drama with the veracity of documentary.
February 12, 2004
A truly moving tale about that strongest of human instincts: survival.
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.
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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