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Based on 34 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 4 )
  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    Art history lessons don't get much better: Cave of Forgotten Dreams presents the world's oldest paintings captured by one of film's great visionaries. show more

  • 90
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Go underground with magic glasses on your nose and you won't regret it. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    And how can you not reflect about time, and change, and physical and spiritual being, when confronted with such a stunning visual record of human existence? show more

  • 100
    Joe Neumaier New York Daily News

    Director Werner Herzog's latest cinematic mind trip blows you away with its beauty. show more

  • 90
    Kirk Honeycutt The Hollywood Reporter

    To call this movie fascinating is akin to calling the Grand Canyon large. show more

  • 70
    Jeannette Catsoulis NPR

    With its whispery conversations, sepulchral atmosphere and soothing play of light and shadow, Cave of Forgotten Dreams is probably best enjoyed in a chemically enhanced state of mind. show more

  • 90
    Stephanie Zacharek Movieline

    Cave of Forgotten Dreams is compelling, sometimes in a hypnotic, sleepy-bye way. show more

  • 100
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    The cave exists to provoke awe in mere mortals. The camera pauses at one point to take in a stalagmite reaching up to touch, nearly, a stalactite and the inevitable association is with Michelangelo's Adam and the hand of God. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Spellbinding. show more

  • 88
    Lou Lumenick New York Post

    As much a study of prehistoric art as archaeology, this documentary brings in experts to speculate about the mysterious artists who made these paintings, some quite elaborate and others intriguingly abstract. show more

  • December 03, 2011 jy00000000107234
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    I like shows about history, science, nature as those types of shows go this one wasn\'t bad. I call it a show because that is ************** have been, a show edited for a 60 minute slot on TV and the content being around 40-45 minutes, instead this dragged on for 90 minutes. One extremely annoying aspect of this show was the background music. Shows like this seem to feel you need to have constant noise or the show will not be interesting or suspenseful. This show chose to have choir music in every gap in the dialog trying to set a mood of reverence and spiritualism, all it did for me was to irritate. So in summary they could have told the story in 15 minutes without the annoying music and I would have given it five stars, they could have edited it for TV and again without the annoying music and I would have given it four stars. But they made it 90 minutes and had that god awful music so I gave it two stars.

  • November 26, 2011 B
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    Why do people give reviews of movies they haven\'t actually seen?

  • July 04, 2011 bettyesue311
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    It is supposed to be excellent in fact. it recieved rave critical acclaim.

  • June 03, 2011 ndrake2513
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    i havent seen it but Im sure it sucks cause its at the hipp. Your pal at the tea party

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