100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
It is a poem of oddness and beauty.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The stunning images aren't enough for Herzog, though. He wants us to see how these quirky researchers, in their lust to explore, are acting out a drive as primitive as nature: the need to break away from the world in order to find it.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Does Antarctica attract dreamers or create them? It's a thread that runs throughout the film.
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88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Through Herzog's eyes it is a desolate, strangely beautiful frozen Edenish hell where the planet, having shaken out its pockets, lets the loners, fanatics and cosmologist-crackpots fall to bottom.
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88

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
All this is as fascinating as it is humbling, even when Herzog ventures a little too far down eccentricity's back alley.
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
Takes you places an ordinary documentary filmmaker might’ve gone to yet missed completely.
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88

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
A deranged penguin is seen racing toward his certain doom amid the crags of a mountain range. It may not be "Happy Feet," but Herzog has made a penguin movie after all.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
An enjoyable example of this extraordinary director's documentary work.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
Retains considerable entertainment value on the strength of Herzog's never-dull, very personal narrating style.
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Creating a hypnotically digressive travelogue, Herzog wanders from soul to soul, asking deceptively mild questions to potent effect.
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80 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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