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  • Summary: This mock documentary chronicles the story of the making (and unmaking) of Werner Herzog's film about Scotland's infamous Loch Ness monster, as well as the aftermath of that fateful effort. Shocking, controversial and strangely humorous, the film raises many questions about where realityThis mock documentary chronicles the story of the making (and unmaking) of Werner Herzog's film about Scotland's infamous Loch Ness monster, as well as the aftermath of that fateful effort. Shocking, controversial and strangely humorous, the film raises many questions about where reality ends and fiction begins. (Fox) Collapse
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  1. Positive: 11 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. 90
    Razor sharp and funny as hell, Incident at Loch Ness is the harpoon hurled into the hot-air balloon of “reality” entertainment.
  2. 80
    Turns out to be surprisingly layered.
  3. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    75
    Once the cat is out of the bag, "Incident" becomes simultaneously entertaining and disappointing.
  4. 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.
  5. Incident at Loch Ness manages to cross "Project Greenlight" with "The Blair Witch Project" in a way that makes one pine for the originals.
  6. 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.
  7. The film slowly sheds its convincing identity as nonfiction and becomes a cruel parody of making-of docs, studio-movie pandering, and showbiz egomania.

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  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
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  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. JayF.
    Feb 16, 2006
    10
    I got this film on DVD and I think it is truly a one of a kind film. I remember Werner Herzog from his remake of Nosferatu and it was great I got this film on DVD and I think it is truly a one of a kind film. I remember Werner Herzog from his remake of Nosferatu and it was great to see that this mockumentary start a bit like a report paper. We get a look into the everyday life of Werner and his ambition to film a serious documentary on one monster that has always sparked my interest, the Loch Ness Monster. Other "crew members" include Playboy model Kitana Baker, Michael Karnow as a nutty cryptozoologist, and Zak Penn who plays the role of greedy showman. Then there is the suspensful part of the film which is part Blair Witch and part Orson Welles. And that is what makes this film a one of a kind (mock) documentary. Expand
  2. JerryJ.
    Jan 7, 2008
    9
    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 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 Expand
  3. JW.
    Sep 15, 2007
    6
    The height of yellowed-plastic, 2-for-1 Tuesday, gumball machine, corner store B-movie night guilty pleasures. The kind that evokes fond 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. Expand
  4. PaulD.
    Mar 1, 2009
    3
    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 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. Expand

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