Fitzcarraldo
Fitzcarraldo (1982)

German filmmaker Werner Herzog has never done anything by halves. When Herzog tackled Fitzcarraldo, the story of an obsessed impresario (Klaus Kinski) whose foremost desire in life is to bring both Enrico Caruso and an opera house to the… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: November 16, 1999
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The film may have been intended as an ironic comment on the absurdity of human ambition, but it's an irony that explodes in Herzog's face.

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Dan Jardine
Cinemania

Herzog's film confirms that dreamers and their obsessions can give us otherwise unimaginable moments of pure beauty.

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Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views

If you have a dream, the only way to accomplish it is to face it head on. If your dream requires you to drag a massive boat up a mountainside, do it. So says director Werner Herzog in the bizarre but captivating Fitzcarraldo.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

As a document of a quest and a dream, and as the record of man's audacity and foolish, visionary heroism, there has never been another movie like it.

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Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

A abordagem de imersão adotada por Herzog, somada à performance intensa de Kinski, resulta numa experiência única e inesquecível.

Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

If there's a point to this, it's what Herzog's point always is: That obsession can drive you nuts. I'm not sure I needed a freaky German traipsing through the jungle for 2 1/2 hours to drive that point home.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

It's a stunning spectacle, an adventure-comedy not quite like any other, and the most benign movie ever made about 19th-century capitalism running amok.

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Jay Antani
Cinema Writer

Awesome, hypnotic storytelling, Fitzcarraldo finds this director working in top form

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Rumsey Taylor
Slant Magazine

Fitzcarraldo is a more objective record of a comparable fever dream, and as such is the preeminent testament of Herzog's labor as a filmmaker.

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Flixster Audience Score: 93% Flixster User Reviews
Chris Weber
This is art. This is visual lyric poetry. This is a portrait of desire, obsession, passion at its best. Barry Fitzgerald, who goes by Fitzcarraldo, is a would… More
Randy Tippy
I'm in awe of the amount of time and effort that it must have taken to make this film possible. It is man against nature on the grandest of scales. A… More
Jonathan Hutchings
It still hasn't ended...
Anthony Lawrie
An amazing achievement and an amazing story, and that's just what happened behind the camera. This is not my favourite Herzog film, in fact, I'm more… More
Reid Volk
This film is exhausting to watch due to it's immense scale. Herzog, much like the character that Kinski portrays, must have been absolutely mad when… More
Elvira B
I was finally able to watch Fitzcarraldo! And it didn't disappoint me at all in spite of my very high expectations. All in all this is one of those epic… More