Into the Abyss

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Generally favorable reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24

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  1. May 4, 2012
    Excellent documentary from Herzog. But it is important to keep in mind that this isn't The Thin Blue Line, and instead of turning this documentary into some kind of television crime drama, Herzog simply explores the crime, and the minds of those involved and affected by it. Excellent documentary.
  2. Apr 5, 2012
    Into the abyss is one of the strongest documentry's i have ever seen. Herzog know's where to look what button's to use and which camera angles and shot's to use at the right time, The film has a haunting vision that will stay with you long after the credits roll.
  3. Jul 2, 2012
    How you are likely to feel about this film depends on your past experience with its director, and your need for resolution. In this film, Werner Herzog, who
  4. Apr 24, 2012
    A phenomenal documentary that tells both sides of the story well. Never really favouring one. Herzog wisely never puts himself in front of the camera as to make it all about the story being told. This documentary will have you doubting if capital punishment is right.
  5. j30
    Apr 29, 2012
    Werner Herzog's fascinating social documentary about the controversial death penalty, is both refreshingly unbiased and heartfelt throughout. Herzog asks all the right questions and leaves it to the viewer to decide.
  6. Dec 12, 2011
    Another great documentary from Herzog. To those who are disenchanted with it's spiraling out and choice to not answer questions, in response to this critique, this is where it's important to remember the title. This film takes you into the abyss where answers do not exist and everything becomes complicated and unclear. Would expect nothing less from Herzog.

Awards & Rankings


Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
  1. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Mar 29, 2012
    It is a sombre, thoughtful, restrained and often powerful piece of work.
  2. Reviewed by: Kevin Harley
    Mar 19, 2012
    Herzog's tapestry testifies to life's light from death's darkness. Its honest humanity and sideways-on character bare his illuminating imprint.
  3. Reviewed by: Philip Wilding
    Feb 20, 2012
    A haunting portrayal of people who are neither completely innocent nor wholly evil, and the terrible price of killing, whether in the pursuit of a sports car or in the name of justice.