Cave of Forgotten Dreams 3D Synopsis
Werner Herzog explores the oldest-known pictures by people within the Chauvet Caves in France.

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

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

By Joe Morgenstern
Go underground with magic glasses on your nose and you won't regret it.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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By Jeannette Catsoulis
With its whispery conversations, sepulchral atmosphere and soothing play of light and shadow, Cave of Forgotten Dreams is probably best...
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Cave of Forgotten Dreams

By Bayareamovielover
The only reason I don't rate this movie at the very top is that it's unusual and some folks may not love it. I did, however!! Very odd, but very beautiful, full of amazing camera work (3-D, taken...

Cave Of Forgotten Dreams 3D

By lucystar
The journey into the cave was well presented, capturing the feeling of descent, the importance of this awesome discovery, as well as the value of the care taken in its preservation. A breathtaking...


By bokchoy1
Didn't know what to expect but walked away with a sense of awe of the artist(s) whose ideas and images so captured the respect and beauty of the beings drawn. Level of the artist(s) so far exceeds...

Cut the music out!

By filmrat
I appreciated the art and the interviews but wish the music would stop playing - even over the voices during the interview. Is it really necessary? I can't stand the mixture of our today's modern...

Interesting topic

By mqdean
Worth seeing. Beautiful cinematography though I did fall asleep forca sort time. They could have shortened itca hit or cover new thoughts on the art....

The Psychedelic Cave

By marybmary
Werner Herzog has created an unusual film, and one well worth seeing in a big theater with 3-D. Here the special effect gives the viewer a sense of travelling through the cave in southwest...

Cave of Forgotten Dreams

By cj5eng
Must siee in 3D to get view the contours within the cave and the geological formations including the crystal formations. Absolutely Fantastic!!...

Wonderful film for adults and kids!

By ameliastone
Cave of Forgotten Dreams is one of very few chances for children to see an approachable film by one of the world's greatest directors! You have to see it in a theater in order to appreciate the 3D...

Beautiful Caves, Terrible Narration & Soundtrack

By lazee
Okay. There's no way around the fact that the caves are awe inspiring and amazing. The 3D does enhance the experience of entering and viewing these resonant paintings which are remarkably modern....

A really intelligent movie

By JHXander
This movie is so crammed with facts and beauty that it is a must see. It is a fascinating account of the exploration of the Chauvet Cave in Souther France which holds the oldest discovered cave...

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Rated G
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 9+ Docu about ancient cave art is tame but aimed at adults.
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