100

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
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.
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100

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Director Werner Herzog's latest cinematic mind trip blows you away with its beauty.
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
This truly intimate film invites viewers to commune as well and feel a profound living connection with fellow humans of 30,000 years ago.
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90

Movieline

By Stephanie Zacharek
Cave of Forgotten Dreams is compelling, sometimes in a hypnotic, sleepy-bye way.
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90

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
To call this movie fascinating is akin to calling the Grand Canyon large.
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90

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Go underground with magic glasses on your nose and you won't regret it.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
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?
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
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.
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Cinema's greatest caveman meets his ancestors. For us, it's a reassurance: The creative process is astonishingly old and its fruits still surprisingly fresh.
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70

NPR

By Jeannette Catsoulis
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.
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86 out of 100
Universal acclaim
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.