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  • Summary: Darwin meets Hitchcock in this true-crime tale of paradise found and lost. The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden is a fascinating documentary portrait of a 1930s murder mystery as strange and alluring as the famous archipelago itself. Fleeing conventional society, a Berlin doctor and hisDarwin meets Hitchcock in this true-crime tale of paradise found and lost. The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden is a fascinating documentary portrait of a 1930s murder mystery as strange and alluring as the famous archipelago itself. Fleeing conventional society, a Berlin doctor and his mistress start a new life on uninhabited Floreana Island. But after the international press sensationalizes the exploits of the Galapagos’ “Adam and Eve”, others flock there—including a self-styled Swiss Family Robinson and a gun-toting Viennese Baroness and her two lovers. Clashing personalities are aggravated by the island community’s lusty free-love ethos, and when some of the islanders disappear, suspicions of murder hang in the air leaving an unsolved mystery which remains the subject of local lore today. Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Apr 10, 2014
    100
    There's nothing like a good story, and The Galapagos Affair: Satan Comes to Eden has a great one that grabs viewers from the first minute and holds on for two solid hours.
  2. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Apr 1, 2014
    90
    Goldfine and Geller pace and structure The Galapagos Affair like the true-crime tale that it is, its mysteries rich and involving, its characters enduring in the imagination long after the film has ended.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Apr 4, 2014
    83
    One of those stranger-than-fiction documentaries that just gets weirder and weirder as you’re watching it.
  4. Reviewed by: Kevin Jagernauth
    Apr 14, 2014
    67
    What should be a gripping, true crime/mystery story gets often bogged down by a lack of focus from filmmakers Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller, who don't always realize the central saga can stand well enough on its own.
  5. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    May 8, 2014
    63
    The Galapagos Affair spins a strange and compelling tale, with perfectly sinister music by Laura Karpman setting the mood. But the movie is better at building suspense than following through.
  6. Reviewed by: Wes Greene
    Mar 31, 2014
    63
    The material and resources are certainly substantial, but the filmmakers clumsily weave separate stories together without detailing anything beyond a tangential relation.
  7. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Apr 3, 2014
    20
    How anyone could make such an uninvolving movie out of such a fascinating subject remains its own inexplicable mystery.

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