Into The Abyss
Into The Abyss (2011)

In his fascinating exploration of a triple homicide case in Conroe, Texas, master filmmaker Werner Herzog probes the human psyche to explore why people kill-and why a state kills. In intimate conversations with those involved, including… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: November 11, 2011
DVD Release Date: April 10, 2012
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Another probing, insightful look at an interesting subject, Werner Herzog explores the American prison system with passion and not politics.

Ben Walters
Time Out

The result is gripping, moving and revelatory, an unabashed if implicit critique of the death penalty.

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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald

The overriding point of Into the Abyss, what keeps this sad, sorrowful film from becoming depressing and elevates it far above the usual chatter of liberal-conservative debate, is that there can be light on the other end of even the darkest of tunnels.

Daniel Kasman

The filmmaker talks with loose, amateurish presence to the people-leading questions, re-framing camerawork, shoddy jump cuts-and by talking to them makes them participants in a weird, painful geographic-familial-residential tapestry of anguish.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

Herzog is pursuing no agenda with Into the Abyss, despite his opposition to extreme judicial measures. He's seeking to answer the question of why people kill, especially in a situation such as this where the reason for the murders was so meaningless.

Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Into the Abyss" makes a strong case for the inhumanity of capital punishment, regardless of the crime or the criminal.

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Lorrie Moore
The New York Review of Books

Herzog insinuatingly and gently coaxes his interviewees while his camera registers a more ambiguous, startled fixation on people and places, plus a willingness to stare bluntly. Director and camera are like good cop, bad cop.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Into the Abyss does what too few documentaries these days do - it gives ample play to all sides of the argument. Herzog allows us to think things through on our own.

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Peter Debruge

Herzog's investigation may not work as an anti-death-penalty editorial, but its findings are undeniably profound.

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David Keyes

A mark of tremendous insight that plays like another notch in the social dashboard from which Werner Herzog continues to find his inspiration.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
A compelling look at capital punishment, even if Herzog clearly wants to convince us that it is wrong. Still, he also shows other people's opinions,… More
Chris Weber
Master filmmaker Werner Herzog does it again. This time, he investigates a triple homicide case that took place in 2001 in Conroe, Texas. Along the way, he… More
Alex roy
This is a unique documentary and it is one that takes a look at a death row inmate and the story behind his crime. Into the Abyss is a solid film, but one that… More
Bruce Bruce
This is more of a documentary then it is a movie, about 2 men who are involved in a triple homicide in Texas. This is a true to fact movie. Interviews are held… More
Melvin White
Fred Allen: Hold still and watch the birds. Once you get up into your life like that, and once you feel good about your life, you do start watching what the… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"I don't think human beings should be executed. Simple as that"</i> Conversations with death row inmate Michael Perry and those… More