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8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 33 Ratings

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  1. Positive: 31 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33

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Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 34 Critics

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  1. Positive: 30 out of 34
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  1. The story itself is so powerful and troubling, the moral geometry so vertiginous, and the photography so big that anything other than the natural sounds of snowfall and footfall is a Flat Earth Society intrusion.
  2. Factoring in Mike Eley's breathtakingly vivid photography and a virtuoso sound mix that completely envelops the viewer, it's enough to make you never again want to poke your head into the freezer.
  3. 90
    Kevin Macdonald has a terrific tale on his hands, and his telling of it, very British in its matter-of-factness, can barely be faulted; yet the facts drop away, and it becomes impossible not to read the movie symbolically--as a journey to the center of the earth, or farther still.