The Endurance
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The story of the survival of British explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton and the crew of his vessel 'The Endurance', which shipwrecked in the ice floes and frigid open ocean of the Antarctic in 1914. After a difficult two years, the crew was finally rescued. Shackleton's historic story is recounted and re-created.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Fascinatingly evokes not just the gruelling, first-person details of this particular polar expedition, but the waning moments of the entire spirit of romantic, white-European Boy's Own adventurism."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"Most of all, it is a salute to Shackleton himself, whose calm and grace under extreme pressure helped guarantee that not a single crew member would be lost."
‑ John Petrakis, Chicago Tribune
"So-so documentary on ill-fated South Pole journey."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"A compelling story of survival and determination."
‑ Jeffrey Bruner, Des Moines Register
"The tale is so damn compelling, you could do a documentary hosted by Ben Stein in boring teacher mode and the audience would still be gnawing on their fingernails."
‑ Widgett Walls,
"Beautifully blends interviews with scholars and descendants of that crew, still photos and movie film from the trip and re-creations of the events of the voyage."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Those who see Endurance, however, are not likely soon to forget what they see, even if they have some difficulty imagining how it could be possibly be true."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"The interesting and almost unbelievable subject matter legitimizes the legend of Ernest Shackleton, even if it is a little slow in the process."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Apollo Guide
"The key to making this work is to keep the suspense building, which Butler does admirably."
‑ Brad Haynes, Orlando Weekly
"Hands-down, the most stirring and pertinent documentary of 2001."
‑ Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee
"Footage from a remarkable silent documentary has been combined with new photography, music and a narration to produce an even more remarkable sound documentary."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Anyone interested in great stories should be interested in this one."
‑ Dick Kreck, Denver Post
"A documentary that instructs as it entertains."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"... a good choice for a family movie outing."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"The great strength of this documentary is that when it's all over, you half feel you've been to the South Pole, too."
‑ Robert W. Butler, Kansas City Star
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