Encounters at the End of the World Synopsis
Film captures the rarely seen beauty of Antarctica's landscape.
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Chicago Sun-Times

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

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

By Walter Addiego
An enjoyable example of this extraordinary director's documentary work.
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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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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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Live the questions...

By bcm_nyc
Werner Herzog's film about Antartica and the people there raises lots of 'big questions'. Go, if you love the questions......

Encounters at the End of the World

By rsamantha
This movie had a lot of potential, unfortunately (aside from the director/narrator's grim outlook) it couldn't decide whether it wanted to be a mosaic of lovely pictures of a forbidding...

Encounters at the End of the World

By MerryAndrew
Encounters at the End of the World is not a great film. Basically, Werner Herzog tries to portray Antarctica and its inhabitants accurately, without "fluffy penguins," but he fails to offer an...

Stick with it

By lizcass
It started out a little slow, but got more interesting a ways in. You need to stick with it. Of course the scenery was breathtaking. This would look dynamite on Blue Ray HD TV. Verner Herzog is a...

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Rated G
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 7+ South Pole documentary is gorgeous, if a bit dry.
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