Touching the Void
Touching the Void (2004)

In 1985, two adventurous young mountaineers, Joe Simpson and Simon Yates, set off to climb the treacherous west face of the Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes. They were experienced climbers, and climbed "Alpine-style," climbing… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: January 23, 2004
DVD Release Date: June 15, 2004
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Gripping even though the outcome is known.

David Ansen

Touching the Void leaves you emotionally and physically spent, and grateful it was only a movie, not a mountain, you had to endure.

Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture

Most movies of this type re-create the action far from the actual scene of the crime, but Macdonald has invented a new subgenre: a docudrama in which the docu and the drama are equally authentic.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Excruciatingly tense story of a terrible accident.

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Todd McCarthy

Awesome and harrowing.

Anthony Lane
New Yorker

The facts drop away, and it becomes impossible not to read the movie symbolically -- as a journey to the center of the earth, or farther still.

Nick Rogers

"Void" plummets into the nucleus of instinct and consciousness - survival a near-primordial pursuit beyond bravery or weakness. It concocts no comfort about what was gained, but stares in transfixed, unforgettable awe at the horror of all that was lost.

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Wally Hammond
Time Out

As a meditation on extreme human endeavour, character, friendship and the mysteries revealed by facing death, it provides much food for thought.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

For a movie like this, touching the void just isn't enough. It has to touch the audience, too.

Cole Smithey

"Touching the Void" towers above the rest of that rarest of all film genres, the docudrama.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
Mixing interviews with the real participants and reenactments of the event, this documentary/docudrama tells the story of a mountain-climbing pair struggling to… More
Lady D'arbanville
An incredible story depicted in this spectacular documentary and whatever your views on this adrenalin seeking mission are, nothing can take away the shear guts… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"You gotta make decisions. You gotta keep making decisions, even if they're wrong decisions, you know. If you don't make decisions,… More
Daniel Mumby
Docudramas, like biopics, are difficult things to pull off. They have to be close enough to the truth to be credible in the eyes of those involved, but they… More
Matthew Slaven
I had no idea of the places I was going to go. I'll spoil the first 15 minutes: they already reach the top. The "void?" That's touched on… More
Dan Schultz
An intensely gripping story concerning two mountain climbers who get in way over their heads on their descent down a steep and slippery mountain. This is an… More

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