Lake of Fire
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With Lake of Fire, American History X helmer and music-video director Tony Kaye climbs inside of the decades-old abortion debate for a 152-minute study of the pro-life and pro-choice positions. In the process, he uncovers not an objective black-and-white issue, but a myriad of circumstances and sub-issues of tremendous moral complexity and ambiguity. He then investigates the sub-philosophies and ideas that belie each side, with generous input and assistance from socialist Noam Chomsky, and via interviews with Christian theologians, and professors of bioethics, sociology, and philosophy. Kaye… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"When the focus narrows to the personal, the film becomes undeniably powerful in its specifics."
‑ Bob Mondello,
"At 152 minutes, his film doesn't seem long, because at every moment something absorbing, disturbing, depressing or infuriating is happening."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Doesn't aim to win converts or preach to the converted. His goal is rather to clear through the rhetoric, and look at abortion and its place in the American political dialog."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, DCist
"As the U.S. elections media coverage becomes incessant, it's worth keeping in mind that actual listening to other "sides" can be enlightening."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
"Demands we throw out our preconceived notions and face the issue without walls to protect us."
‑ Mark Dujsik, Mark Reviews Movies
"You may not leave the theater having switched sides, but you'll probably respect the other side more, and that in itself would be a victory for human life."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"No one will have an easy time of it with Lake of Fire, a work of profound anguish centered on the abortion rights debate."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"The film shows shocking footage of actual abortions in progress and the remains of aborted fetuses, as well as the appalling images of murdered abortion clinicians and the horrifying testimonies of pro-life fanatics who are convinced all abortionists shou"
‑ Jennifer Merin,
"An intense, sometimes sickening, documentary about the abortion issue in the United States which reeks of brimstone."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Doesn't quite feel as definitive as the filmmaker intended, although I can't imagine how any film on the subject could get closer than this."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"For all its provocativeness, Lake of Fire is not a shapeless movie, nor a politically irresponsible one."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"This is not impartial filmmaking. This is manipulation."
‑ Melissa Anderson, Time Out New York
"Lake's head-on confrontation of a problem most people simply wish to ignore is documentary cinema at its most raw and vital."
‑ Sean Gandert, Paste Magazine
"The most striking footage is of an abortion; the next is of hateful and ignorant Americans"
‑ Marty Mapes, Movie Habit
"definitive documentary on the subject that is so gripping that every thinking person will be forced to confront core issues"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
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