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  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Smart, visually appealing, and consistently engaging. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    This is a brave, unflinching, sometimes virtually unwatchable documentary that makes such an effective case for both pro-choice and pro-life that it is impossible to determine which side the filmmaker, Tony Kaye, stands on. All you can conclude at the end is that both sides have effective advocates, but the pro-lifers also have some alarming people on their team. show more

  • 88
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Does find a spot closer to the middle than most. show more

  • 88
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    After 152 epic minutes, ‘Lake of Fire’ comes down to this: If you’re not living this woman’s life, maybe you shouldn’t tell her what to do. show more

  • 75
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    By the end of Lake of Fire, you know full well you’re in the presence of a deeply conflicted filmmaker, bound to make all sides uneasy, even enraged. show more

  • 75
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    A great abortion documentary might leave you guessing which side of the debate the director was on. Lake of Fire is not that film, but it comes somewhat close. show more

  • 83
    Shawn Levy Portland Oregonian

    The longer it goes on, the less your mind settles. You may not believe in a hell in which a lake of fire rages, but we live in a nation and at a time when many people have little lakes of fire in their heads and hearts. Kaye is determined that we never forget that truth or its price. show more

  • 75
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    It's impossible to watch Tony Kaye's theatrically supercharged, equal-opportunity button-pusher without experiencing a welter of emotions -- which is just what the filmmaker planned. show more

  • 90
    David Edelstein New York Magazine (Vulture)

    Lake of Fire centers on abortion, but Kaye understands that while dead fetuses are the hook, the agenda covers the whole life cycle. show more

  • 90

    An extraordinary docu achievement. Handsomely filmed on silvery 35mm and high-definition by Kaye himself, the shrewdly edited picture balances a full spectrum of views from all sides of the abortion debate without obviously taking a position itself. show more

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