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Touching the Void

R In Theaters 01/23/2004 , 106min.
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August 17, 2010
It seemed as if you were watching film of the climb and Simpson miraculous descent of the mountain after his fall. The climbing part is stunning in its difficulty and realness. Fantastic movie.

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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
Real acting replaces re-enacting, and amazing cinematography pits the limits of human will against the unruliness of nature. Full Review
Dave Kehr
The New York Times
This is compelling stuff, but there is something deeply distracting in the use of recreated material. Full Review
David Edelstein
It's true that the movie, arrested between documentary and drama, doesn't quite do justice to either medium: The actors playing Joe and Simon don't have anything like "lines" to simulate "drama," or even just "conversation," while the real guys often fall back on bland English understatement. Full Review
James Berardinelli
Truth, they say, is stranger than fiction… and also potentially more nail-biting and harder to believe. Touching the Void is an extreme example of this. Full Review
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
An absolutely thrilling recreation, in documentary style, of a now-legendary story. Full Review

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