Lake of Fire
Lake of Fire (2007)

Ever since Roe v. Wade, the United States has been deeply divided on the issue of abortion. In that landmark case, an unmarried pregnant woman was refused an abortion in Texas and, with the ensuing judicial challenge, won American women the… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 3, 2007
DVD Release Date: March 11, 2008
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Lake of Fire's engaging interviews and powerful black-and-white visuals make for a riveting and honest documentary about a very controversial topic.

Bob Mondello

When the focus narrows to the personal, the film becomes undeniably powerful in its specifics.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

At 152 minutes, his film doesn't seem long, because at every moment something absorbing, disturbing, depressing or infuriating is happening.

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Ian Buckwalter

Doesn't aim to win converts or preach to the converted. His goal is rather to clear through the rhetoric, and look at abortion and its place in the American political dialog.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

You may not leave the theater having switched sides, but you'll probably respect the other side more, and that in itself would be a victory for human life.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

No one will have an easy time of it with Lake of Fire, a work of profound anguish centered on the abortion rights debate.

Jennifer Merin

The film shows shocking footage of actual abortions in progress and the remains of aborted fetuses, as well as the appalling images of murdered abortion clinicians and the horrifying testimonies of pro-life fanatics who are convinced all abortionists shou

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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

For all its provocativeness, Lake of Fire is not a shapeless movie, nor a politically irresponsible one.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Lake of Fire does something with the volatile subject of abortion that neutral observers and even political partisans can appreciate: It offers a wide representation of perspectives and opinions.

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Sean Gandert
Paste Magazine

Lake's head-on confrontation of a problem most people simply wish to ignore is documentary cinema at its most raw and vital.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Devon Bott
An epic, nearly 3 hour documentary spanning over the course of 15 years about the highly controversial subject of abortion. It doesn't shy away from… More
William Goss
Exhaustively thorough portrait of the abortion issue in the United States.
Daniel Dolgin
Lake of Fire is graphic documentary on abortion directed by Tony Kaye (American History X, Detachment). It's journalistic reporting showing both sides.… More
Alec Barniskis
'Lake of Fire' is incredibly difficult to watch at moments, specifically the images of the abortion process or pictures of women who unsuccessfully… More