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  • 100
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    There's nothing like a good story, and The Galapagos Affair: Satan Comes to Eden has a great one that grabs viewers from the first minute and holds on for two solid hours. show more

  • 88
    Tirdad Derakhshani Philadelphia Inquirer

    A dazzling documentary. show more

  • 20
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    How anyone could make such an uninvolving movie out of such a fascinating subject remains its own inexplicable mystery. show more

  • 80
    Todd McCarthy The Hollywood Reporter

    After building up a narrative head of steam, the film relaxes too much back into expository documentary form. What might have been thrilling is merely entirely engrossing. show more

  • 75
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    Geller and Goldfine keep the story taut and engaging, except when they get distracted by the current inhabitants of Floreana, who say mostly unsurprising things about living on a remote island. show more

  • 63
    Wes Greene Slant Magazine

    The material and resources are certainly substantial, but the filmmakers clumsily weave separate stories together without detailing anything beyond a tangential relation. show more

  • 63
    Sheila O'Malley

    The best part may very well be an actual 1932 silent movie, filmed on Floreana, and shown in its entirety in "Galapagos Affair". show more

  • 50
    Peter Keough Boston Globe

    Strauch’s orotund prose sounds much like that of Werner Herzog, but without the irony. Herzog’s sensibility is missed here; he could have made a masterpiece about the absurdity of these deluded seekers of Eden. show more

  • 80
    Bill Goodykoontz Arizona Republic

    The directors include interviews with descendants of the original settlers and with later arrivals — too much so, actually, as the lengthy scenes interrupt the flow of the mystery. But they don't derail it. The story is too lurid, too rich, too compelling. show more

  • 60
    Keith Uhlich Time Out New York

    All of this is fascinating in the moment, yet the doc never yokes all these threads into anything particularly deep or illuminating. The Galapagos Affair is less social commentary, more gossip. show more

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