Encounters at the End of the World
Encounters at the End of the World (2007)

Werner Herzog confirms his standing as poet laureate of men in extreme situations with "Encounters at the End of the World." In this visually stunning exploration, Herzog travels to the Antarctic community of McMurdo Station,… More

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Rated: G
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Genre: Documentary
Release Date: September 1, 2007
DVD Release Date: November 18, 2008
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Encounters at the End of the World offers a poignant study of the human psyche amid haunting landscapes.

Trevor Johnston
Time Out

Seemingly off-hand, cumulatively imposing, utterly masterful.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

[Herzog is] a filmmaker ideally suited to recognize and celebrate...deep irony.

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Ian Buckwalter

Respect for the environment is not a moral issue for Herzog, but a common sense issue of survival. In the harsh environs of the polar regions, his point is made with crystalline clarity.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Herzog is one of a kind. His new doc is an event you watch in awe as you marvel at its wonders.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

A poem of oddness and beauty. Herzog is like no other filmmaker, and to return to him is to be welcomed into a world vastly larger and more peculiar than the one around us. The underwater photography alone would make a film, but there is so much more.

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Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile

The footage is breathtaking. We also are privileged to watch seals feeding their young, but the revelations about penguin 'prostitutes' are perhaps the film's most extraordinary. Gay penguins? Insane penguins?

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

The sky is relentlessly blue, the sun bright even in the thick of night. In this odd and unforgettable place, Herzog has made his own poetry.

Nick Rogers

Damnably frustrating and fascinating, Herzog's questions deconstruct Earth's DNA in a scientific process going beyond statistics to ancestry or spirituality - an idea that we're witnesses and valets who are here and, sooner than we think, will be gone.

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Fernando F. Croce

Caustically enchanting

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Flixster Audience Score: 83% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
Existential angst gets a huge power-up thanks to Herzog's cranky eye. Fears and sorrows previously limited to mere individuals now apply equally to whole… More
paul sandberg
Werner uses this film, commissioned by some nature entitiy or other, to expand our minds; not only by showing us the natural wonder of the down under, but… More
Matthew Roe
Quite possibly one of the most fascinating and well-constructed documentaries of its time, Encounters at the End of the World combines hauntingly majestic and… More
Daniel Hetteix
Herzog is an eccentric, and perhaps an acquired taste. This film hits you with the immediate bluntness and selfishness of a rookie documentarian, but an… More
Chris Weber
Werner Herzog is such a brilliant filmmaker that I think I hate him as a result. It doesn't help that he makes what he does look so simple either. Of… More
Gordon Anderson
Given Herzog's pedigree, a rather disappointingly plodding doc with overly intrusive music which revels in dull eccentrics.