Cave of Forgotten Dreams
Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2011)

Cave of Forgotten Dreams follows an exclusive expedition into the nearly inaccessible Chauvet Cave in France, home to the most ancient visual art known to have been created by man. It's an unforgettable cinematic experience that… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: November 29, 2011
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Hauntingly filmed and brimming with Herzog's infectious enthusiasm, Cave of Forgotten Dreams is a fascinating triumph.

Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail

It is our tour guide that makes Cave of Forgotten Dreams an often thrilling experience.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

This is something more than a movie; it's a testament - and re-creation - of rapture.

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Ian Buckwalter

Why shoot a documentary about cave paintings in 3D? Is Werner Herzog crazy? The answer to the second question has always been, "quite possibly," but the answer to the first becomes apparent the first time he trains his camera on the cave walls.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

The overall effect, aided by Ernst Reijseger's score of rising choral harmonies and lush strings, is rapturous.

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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle

Art history lessons don't get much better: "Cave of Forgotten Dreams" presents the world's oldest paintings captured by one of film's great visionaries.

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Blake Griffin
We Got This Covered

Even those who have found Herzog's work lacking in the past will have a hard time writing off Cave of Forgotten Dreams. It's a superb film.

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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post

To call "Cave of Forgotten Dreams" a great movie isn't just an understatement, it's a wildly inaccurate way to describe an experience that, in its immersive sensory pleasures and climactic journey of discovery, more closely resembles an ecstatic trance.

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

What we get from this film: a specific and personal sense that 32,000-year-old artists, with all their ideas and passions, were not, fundamentally, that different from us.

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Glenn Dunks

Fascinating artworks by early man, sure, but they're let down by Herzog's long, rambling soliloquies about the history of homosapiens, albino crocodiles, and Baywatch... These sequences would have been right at home in a 45-minute IMAX film.

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Flixster Audience Score: 73% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
Director Werner Herzog has been making some exceptionally great documentary films lately, and this foray into a long forgotten cave in France is no exception.… More
Melvin White
"Mankind's Lost Masterpiece" Cave of Forgotten Dreams is only the second Herzog documentary I have seen; the other being Encounters at the End… More
Chris Weber
It is unfortunate that the Chauvet Cave in France is nearly inaccessible, as it is home to the oldest cave drawings in the world. Fortunately, the best possible… More
danny d
this is a low score for a film i actually really enjoyed, but since i saw it i cant stop thinking about all of the questions i have that were never answered or… More
Matthew Slaven
More than "art appreciation," Cave of Forgotten Dreams aims to meditate on the possible birthplace of what makes you and I mentally unique in the… More
Dan Schultz
A rich, well organized historical study by expert documentary film-maker Werner Herzog, in which he investigates some of the most prehistoric caves recorded by… More