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Based on 25 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    An enjoyable example of this extraordinary director's documentary work. show more

  • 88
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    Through Herzog's eyes it is a desolate, strangely beautiful frozen Edenish hell where the planet, having shaken out its pockets, lets the loners, fanatics and cosmologist-crackpots fall to bottom. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Creating a hypnotically digressive travelogue, Herzog wanders from soul to soul, asking deceptively mild questions to potent effect. show more

  • 70
    Michael Rechtshaffen The Hollywood Reporter

    Retains considerable entertainment value on the strength of Herzog's never-dull, very personal narrating style. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    It is a poem of oddness and beauty. show more

  • 88
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    Takes you places an ordinary documentary filmmaker might’ve gone to yet missed completely. show more

  • 88
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    A deranged penguin is seen racing toward his certain doom amid the crags of a mountain range. It may not be "Happy Feet," but Herzog has made a penguin movie after all. show more

  • 88
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    Does Antarctica attract dreamers or create them? It's a thread that runs throughout the film. show more

  • 88
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    All this is as fascinating as it is humbling, even when Herzog ventures a little too far down eccentricity's back alley. show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    Encounters may lack the power of, say, the Herzog doc "Grizzly Man," because it has no bigger-than-life character at its nexus, but it does confirm the filmmaker as an iconoclastic master. show more

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