The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden
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The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came To Eden
Darwin meets Hitchcock in this true-crime tale of paradise found and lost. The Galapagos Affair is a fascinating documentary portrait of a 1930s murder mystery as strange and alluring as the famous archipelago itself. Fleeing conventional society, a Berlin doctor and his mistress start a new life on uninhabited Floreana Island. But after the international press sensationalizes the exploits of the Galapagos' "Adam and Eve," others flock there - including a self-styled Swiss Family Robinson and a gun-toting Viennese Baroness and her two lovers. Clashing personalities are aggravated… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 76%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Though the pace occasionally flags during its two-hour running time, "The Galapagos Affair" is a fascinating look at a place of great beauty and remoteness, and at the kind of people drawn to live there."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"The denouement plays like a remix of Joseph Conrad's Heart of Darkness with a chorus of unreliable narrators."
‑ Robert Everett-Green, Globe and Mail
"It would take a series of spoilers to explain who might have killed whom in "The Galapagos Affair." See the movie and find out, and revel in the grim gallows humor."
‑ Gerald Peary, Arts Fuse
"This assemblage is generally well-constructed."
‑ Moira Sullivan,
"It's about a particular mystery concerning tourists, a mystery that remains unsolved and not a little disturbing. It is also, more generally, about what makes tourism inherently disturbing."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
"Move over, Charles Darwin, when it comes to great tales about the Galapagos, you've got company."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Easily, this is the most irresistible movie of 2014, so far."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Fascinating, if laboriously-titled true story with exotic locale, heated rivalries, a sexually rapacious Baroness and voice-overs by Blanchett, Kruger and Nielsen."
‑ James Verniere, Boston Herald
"If the movie tends to sprawl a little, that only reinforces its validity; too-tidy packaging might betray the telling, nuanced weirdness of the tale itself."
‑ Jonathan Kiefer, SF Weekly
"Truth is usually stranger, and often more intriguing, than fiction, and this well-told narrative is a perfect example."
‑ Leonard Maltin, Leonard Maltin's Picks
"How could this not be a great documentary? By putting it in the hands of Dayna Goldfine and Dan Geller, who have squandered their sensational subject into a two-hour slog."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Globe
"A stranger-than-fiction gem."
‑ Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly
"It's killer in every sense of the word."
‑ Al Alexander, The Patriot Ledger
"It's a nutty real-life forerunner of Survivor, not to mention Gilligan's Island."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"Everyone has a different theory on "whodunit," and the fun of the film is to make your own guesses."
‑ Sheila O'Malley,
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