Walking to Werner
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Inspired by world renowned film director Werner Herzog's 1974 trek from Germany to Paris to visit his dying mentor Lotte Eisner, first-time filmmaker Linas Phillips vows to walk from Seattle to Los Angeles in order to meet the man behind such acclaimed cinema classics as Aguirre: The Wrath of God and Fitzcarraldo. Mention the name Werner Herzog to any dedicated film fan and it instantly becomes obvious just what an effect the German director has had on the world of international cinema. Of course anyone who knows about Herzog is well aware that the director himself has done some pretty… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[Subject] Phillips is a lot better at walking than talking, and his musings seem especially insipid intercut with audio clips of Herzog's sage observations."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"Phillips's trip begins as an attention-grabbing show of devotion but transforms into a many-sided experiment in empathy."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Village Voice
"By the end of Walking to Werner, we are no worse off but we are not much better either."
‑ Eric Monder, Film Journal International
"Phillips's singular determination is not unlike that of the artist he aspires to meet."
‑ Rob Humanick, Slant Magazine
"The real interest in the film is not the journey or even Linas Phillips, but the people he meets on the way."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The high-strung antics of Linas Phillips, who films his hike from Seattle to Los Angeles to meet Werner Herzog, may strike some as a noble spiritual undertaking, but others will find it an exercise in indulgent self-absorption."
‑ Eddie Cockrell, Variety
"Despite the callow, self-absorbed aspects of Phillips' undertaking, there's something endearing about his determination to recreate -- and then some -- a 30-year-old gesture that looked nutty then and only looks nuttier now."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It's the closest thing to a cinematic religious experience I can think of -- all combined with Phillips' terrific sense of visual style, humor and willingness to risk life for art."
‑ Paula Nechak, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Even the most ardent Herzog admirer may want to hail this fledgling documentarian a cab and call it a day."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"The documentary Walking to Werner is a deeply self-reflexive work, perpetually at risk of disappearing into its own iris."
‑ Matt Zoller Seitz, New York Times
"It's an impressive odyssey, but the film -- which alternates between Phillips' ceaseless ramblings and interviews with the predictably eccentric folks he meets on the road -- plays like a prolonged death march."
‑ Adam Nayman, eye WEEKLY
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