The Wild Blue Yonder
The Wild Blue Yonder (2005)

The film follows a hypothetical proposition: a group of astronauts are circling the earth in a spacecraft, but they cannot return, as our planet has become uninhabitable. The cause of this remains open; all-out war, outbreak of a new… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: November 8, 2005
DVD Release Date: November 14, 2006
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Critic Score: 69% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Ben Walters
Time Out

A scientific context is offered by interviews with researchers expounding modes of intergalactic travel, but the real pleasures are in the organic beauty of deep spaces and the ambiguous position of the humans suspended in them.

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Noel Murray
AV Club

When Herzog cycles through scenes of scuba divers under the ice and astronauts sleeping in zero gravity, he conveys a strong sense of what 'alien' really means.

Fernando F. Croce

Raw materials are mingled with staged performance, context is scrambled, all of it is transformative

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

This wacky 'science fiction fantasy' (2005) by Werner Herzog looks like it was made for a few thousand bucks, but it's held aloft by the filmmaker's inexhaustible curiosity and wonder.

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Jan Stuart

For devotees of lunatic Herzog adventure a la Fitzcarraldo, it's only a serviceable time-killer 'til the arrival of Rescue Dawn, the director's Americanization of his 1997 documentary, Little Dieter Needs to Fly.

Rob Humanick
Projection Booth

Herzog's use of cinema defies the very fabric of our known world.

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Sid Smith
Chicago Tribune

The Wild Blue Yonder is at times playful and inventive, at others simplistic and silly. Ultimately, Werner Herzog's free-form, idiosyncratic devolution of the documentary is beautiful but dull.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

The Wild Blue Yonder wavers between (sometimes) brilliant and (mostly) boring.

Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)

Herzog remains a one-off in German cinema - eccentric, infuriating, cherishable - and nothing in this will detract from his legend.

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What Herzog has done is gathered together some gorgeous footage shot in space and in the arctic, then concocted his own story around the images and got Dourif… More