Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. 75
    Watching the movie is an entertaining exercise in forensic viewing, and the insidious thing is, even if it is a con, who is the conner and who is the connee?
  2. Incident at Loch Ness, unfortunately, is a riddle wrapped in a hoax stuffed inside a crock.
  3. Starts cleverly but becomes more preposterous as it goes along.
  4. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Once the cat is out of the bag, "Incident" becomes simultaneously entertaining and disappointing.
  5. An amusing mock documentary that spends considerable energy artfully trying to make you believe it's real as real can be. The movie is transparently a fake, but its counterfeit nature is the heart of its charm.
  6. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    It's actually a clever commentary on documentary filmmaking, an pretty good monster movie to boot.
  7. 80
    Turns out to be surprisingly layered.
  8. Herzog, who deadpans his way through the high jinks, is the best thing about the movie, but even he gets wearisome before Nessie has sunk the boat.
  9. 70
    Something of a gigantic goof, perpetrated by Penn and Herzog -- and the goofees included much of the entertainment media, people in the film business, the Scottish authorities and (I think) even some of the film's cast.
  10. 75
    In addition to being a funny movie about the movie business, it's a cheeky, ingenious motion picture puzzle.
  11. 75
    Can be taken as a parable about cinema art vs. commerce. If that's too much to think about, just enjoy the off-beat humor.
  12. 50
    Incident is too reverent for its own good. It could use a big blast of Herzog-like madness, but it sticks to the conventional show-business satire's arsenal of clichés.
  13. Incident at Loch Ness manages to cross "Project Greenlight" with "The Blair Witch Project" in a way that makes one pine for the originals.
  14. The film slowly sheds its convincing identity as nonfiction and becomes a cruel parody of making-of docs, studio-movie pandering, and showbiz egomania.
  15. 90
    Razor sharp and funny as hell, Incident at Loch Ness is the harpoon hurled into the hot-air balloon of “reality” entertainment.
  16. 50
    These blatantly comic characters undercut the credibility established by Mr. Herzog's naturalistic performance, and sink the horror premise as quickly as it surfaces.
  17. Reviewed by: Walter Addiego
    A giddy mockumentary.
  18. Reviewed by: Leah McLaren
    A successful hoax is annoying for everyone except the hoaxster. No one enjoys being the credulous, unsuspecting dupe of a wise---joke -- personally I loathe it.
  19. Reviewed by: Bill White
    In its final scenes, when truth and superstition collide, the film becomes more preposterous than anything Penn may have contrived earlier.
  20. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    Constructed Chinese-box style as a series of films within films, with a faked one about the Loch Ness monster at the center, "Incident" will have maximum impact for the first auds to catch it before its sly central joke gets out.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. PaulD.
    Mar 1, 2009
    At first, it seems like a real documentary (actually two documentaries), but when you figure out it's a spoof, the movie falls apart. It does have some offbeat humor, but not enough to make it worth sitting through. Full Review »
  2. JerryJ.
    Jan 7, 2008
    I was sucked into this movie all the way. Iam anold fan of Herzog going back to Strotzeg and Mystery of Casper Hauser. Strotzeg was the best movie of 1977 and I was the only one present in the movie house. Kinski, i met in sfo airport before he died. I had just seen Where Green Ants Dream and I did all the the talking about that movie. He was very sinister. I loved this movie with all its twists and turns. JJ Full Review »
  3. JW.
    Sep 15, 2007
    The height of yellowed-plastic, 2-for-1 Tuesday, gumball machine, corner store B-movie night guilty pleasures. The kind that evokes fond memories of Mystery Science Theater 3000. It baffles you by being goofy at moments of grim revelation, and utterly stoic in the face of profound silliness. It's cheese disguised as wine and wine disguised as cheese. And the effects - improbably - ARE TOTALLY SOLID! What is going on??? I think that's the point, though. It's a making-of-the-mockumentary-inside-a-mockumentary that doesn't even believe in its own premise. A picture worthy of Brendon Small, surely. Full Review »