Signs of Life
Signs of Life (1968)

Recuperating from war injuries on a remote, enchanted Greek island, a lonely soldier starts to hallucinate, eventually goes totally insane, and tries to blow up the entire island.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 5, 1968
DVD Release Date: July 5, 2005
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
A.H. Weiler
New York Times

As a writer-director in his feature film effort, Mr. Herzog has failed to make his harried hero's case or his parable believable. Otherwise, his Signs of Life provides vivid signs of considerable talent and promise.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Signs of Life is more controlled, more fully-formed than many of Herzog's later, madly grasping, exploratory masterworks, but it's a true work of greatness.

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Fernando F. Croce

Herzog in his debut already displays a boundless curiosity for the world around him

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Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine

Stroszek's motivations are as enigmatic as those of the windmills: the emphatic reversal of Kubrick's nasty, gorgeous joke.

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Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness

Exhibits the director's off-kilter sense of the absurd.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Herzog's characters exhibited many bizarre human touches.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Elvira B
Strange movie!!! Way stranger and duller than all the other Herzog movies I've seen. I find it hard to write about it because it's the epithome of a… More
Eric Broome
*contains mild spoilers* Werner Herzog's "Signs of Life" is a typical first feature for a great director -- obviously flawed but promising,… More