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Based on 30 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 100
    Amy Biancolli San Francisco Chronicle

    Herzog, as ever, is obsessed most of all with human nature: Into the Abyss explores our deepest urges to love, and live, and kill. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Into the Abyss is a true-crime drama, to be sure, but in Herzog's hands it becomes something much more: an inquiry into fundamental moral, philosophical, and religious issues, and an examination of humankind's capacity for violence - individual and institutional. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    The story is never less than gripping, but the most important questions disappear into that unbearably bleak abyss. show more

  • 80
    Sheri Linden The Hollywood Reporter

    But above all it's a portrait of stunned grief, of the devastation families endure, whether through violence, accidents, illness or incarceration. show more

  • 90

    Into the Abyss, which bears the subtitle "A Tale of Death, A Tale of Life," reveals itself to be an outlandish, compassionate and, at times, improbably buoyant film about life's capacity for grief and horror and about how it bubbles on miraculously in the face of such things. It's the best thing Herzog's done in years. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Into the Abyss may be the saddest film Werner Herzog has ever made. It regards a group of miserable lives, and in finding a few faint glimmers of hope only underlines the sadness. show more

  • 100
    Calvin Wilson St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Into the Abyss makes a strong case for the inhumanity of capital punishment, regardless of the crime or the criminal. show more

  • 88
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    The overriding point of Into the Abyss, what keeps this sad, sorrowful film from becoming depressing and elevates it far above the usual chatter of liberal-conservative debate, is that there can be light on the other end of even the darkest of tunnels. show more

  • 88
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    Werner Herzog looks at the death penalty in Into the Abyss, and as is almost always the case, to look through his eyes is to marvel. show more

  • 88
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    What Herzog almost accidentally captures in his viewfinder is profound and unsettling: an entire American underclass where at least some prison time is the norm and where only luck and the grace of God keep a person from either wrong end of the shotgun. show more

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