Touching the Void Reviews

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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.
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.
February 6, 2004
Touching the Void is the most harrowing movie about mountain climbing I have seen, or can imagine.
February 6, 2004
Void is smart enough to let the story tell itself.
February 5, 2004
It's one of the all-time great high adventures, easily on a par with Deliverance and Jaws.
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.
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.
January 23, 2004
A tale of fortitude that comes not from muscle but from the ineffable, bungee-like sinew that is the human spirit.
January 23, 2004
The story is bigger and better than the movie.
January 23, 2004
Novelists like to say that fiction captures quiet truths nonfiction simply can't. Touching the Void offers up a powerful counterargument.
January 23, 2004
Void offers some remarkable scenery and no small amount of drama.
January 23, 2004
The photography is awesome, inspiring many 'How did they get that shot?' moments.
January 23, 2004
A movie that manages to be suspenseful even though we know the outcome.
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.
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.
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.
January 22, 2004
It's a story so compelling that, as they say in the wire services, it practically tells itself.
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.
January 15, 2004
It's a very real, scary kind of vertigo to experience in the cinema.
January 14, 2004
A daring half-dramatized, half-documentary film adaptation of the best-selling book by Joe Simpson.
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