Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 11 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 11
  2. Negative: 0 out of 11
  1. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Feb 4, 2011
    40
    Unfortunately, Madsen (a Danish filmmaker, not the American actor) has an approach to this rich topic that is repetitive and simplistic, as if he wasn't quite sure how to fill out even a brief feature.
  2. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Feb 3, 2011
    75
    Madsen casts doubt on the notion that this Pandora's box will never be opened, either by some cataclysmic event, like another Ice Age, or drilling by future generations who may not be aware of Onkalo, or even able to decipher warnings of its contents. Something terrible seems likely to happen-just not today.
  3. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Feb 1, 2011
    70
    There is something apocalyptically awful about Onkalo, to be sure, but the impulse behind it is noble, and the installation itself has an undeniable grandeur.
  4. Reviewed by: V.A. Musetto
    Feb 4, 2011
    75
    Madsen interviews experts galore, but few seem to know what's going to happen with this project in the next decade -- let alone 100,000 years.
  5. Reviewed by: J. Hoberman
    Feb 1, 2011
    70
    It is meant to boggle the mind and inspire awe-and it does.
  6. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    Feb 1, 2011
    60
    Into Eternity has the grandeur of ominous suggestion, but might have benefitted from a director more creatively unbound-an Errol Morris ready to play around at the end of the world.
  7. Reviewed by: Eric Kohn
    Feb 3, 2011
    91
    Although Madsen's survey of warning strategies has an aimless structure prone to repetition, he creates an effective mood that transcends his time-travel gimmick and eventually becomes topical.
  8. Reviewed by: Anthony Lane
    Feb 7, 2011
    60
    Most important, given that Onkalo will hide and bury just some of Finland's waste, what about everyone else's? [14 & 21 Feb. 2011, p. 139]
  9. Reviewed by: David Lewis
    May 27, 2011
    100
    In a deceptively low-key manner, Danish filmmaker Michael Madsen has beautifully crafted one of the most provocative movies of the year.
  10. Reviewed by: Vadim Rizov
    Feb 1, 2011
    70
    The film reaches way beyond the usual activist crowd by making itself as formally compelling as it is tightly argued.
  11. Reviewed by: Sam Toy
    Feb 1, 2011
    60
    A captivating, and sometimes alarming, exposé of the business end of nuclear power. Watch as part of a behind-the-sofa double bill with Countdown To Zero.

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