Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. A tale of horror, heroism, unimaginable physical challenges, and, yes, cannibalism, Stranded offers the kind of real-life drama that can't help but bring up notions of God, fate, and nature's imposing will.
  2. At just over two hours, Stranded is nonstop harrowing. It has cumulative power.
  3. 90
    Intimate, terrifying and positively riveting documentary.
  4. An exceptional film, at once disturbing and elevating, deliberate yet powerful.
  5. 90
    Despite all the horror and anguish, the film ends on a note of serene acceptance, deep gratitude toward the dead, and wonder at the unlikely miracle of life.
  6. 88
    So powerful is Stranded that when the lucky few finally make their way back to civilization, you feel as thrilled as if they were your own loved ones.
  7. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    88
    Grueling yet ultimately exhilarating.
  8. Remarkable documentary filmmaking, unflinching and full of unlikely grace.
  9. 83
    Arijon's choice to film the survivors returning to the Andes with their children pays huge dividends, leading to an ending that puts the real meaning of their ordeal in moving terms.
  10. Gonzalo Arijón’s documentary offers an incontrovertible argument for the necessity of team spirit in the face of catastrophe.
  11. Reviewed by: Leba Hertz
    75
    Not for the faint of heart.
  12. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    70
    A documentary constructed from re-enactments, talking heads and no actual footage of the story it tells, but that still packs a knock-out punch.
  13. 70
    Combines the derring-do of classic adventure tales with far more serious issues of moral agency. And it serves as a haunting reminder to seek joy and beauty, even in the depths of despair.
  14. Reviewed by: Vadim Rizov
    40
    The film's length may well be intended to mirror the 72-day ordeal, but it's relentlessly wearing and lacking in nutritive fiber.
User Score
7.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. MarkS
    May 26, 2009
    10
    Wow. This is not your typical survival tale at all. Sure, it has all the elements of a great tale--epic odds, unmentionable decisions, and Wow. This is not your typical survival tale at all. Sure, it has all the elements of a great tale--epic odds, unmentionable decisions, and being 100% true. This alone would make it riveting, and that's where most documentaries stop. But not this one. What haunts you. are the the survivors' amazing ability to articulate exactly what they felt, their inclusion of perfect morsels of detail, and the philosophical and spiritual insights that they share, are what make this story stand out. The cannibalism might draw you in, but that's not what you'll leave with at all. How often does a documentary teach you something about yourself? Full Review »
  2. JayH
    Apr 22, 2009
    8
    A remarkable documentary, amazingly well pieced together, flawlessly edited with the past and present. The interviews are excellent. Very A remarkable documentary, amazingly well pieced together, flawlessly edited with the past and present. The interviews are excellent. Very well thought out, fascinating from start to finish. Full Review »
  3. PaulK.
    Jan 26, 2009
    10
    One of the best documentaries I've ever seen. It blew me away. If you have an interest, you MUST see this film.