Walking to Werner
Walking to Werner (2006)

Inspired by world renowned film director Werner Herzog's 1974 trek from Germany to Paris to visit his dying mentor Lotte Eisner, first-time filmmaker Linas Phillips vows to walk from Seattle to Los Angeles in order to meet the man… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 24, 2006
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

[Subject] Phillips is a lot better at walking than talking, and his musings seem especially insipid intercut with audio clips of Herzog's sage observations.

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Ed Gonzalez
Village Voice

Phillips's trip begins as an attention-grabbing show of devotion but transforms into a many-sided experiment in empathy.

Eric Monder
Film Journal International

By the end of Walking to Werner, we are no worse off but we are not much better either.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

The real interest in the film is not the journey or even Linas Phillips, but the people he meets on the way.

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Eddie Cockrell

The high-strung antics of Linas Phillips, who films his hike from Seattle to Los Angeles to meet Werner Herzog, may strike some as a noble spiritual undertaking, but others will find it an exercise in indulgent self-absorption.

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Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide

Despite the callow, self-absorbed aspects of Phillips' undertaking, there's something endearing about his determination to recreate -- and then some -- a 30-year-old gesture that looked nutty then and only looks nuttier now.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

Even the most ardent Herzog admirer may want to hail this fledgling documentarian a cab and call it a day.

Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times

The documentary Walking to Werner is a deeply self-reflexive work, perpetually at risk of disappearing into its own iris.

Adam Nayman

It's an impressive odyssey, but the film -- which alternates between Phillips' ceaseless ramblings and interviews with the predictably eccentric folks he meets on the road -- plays like a prolonged death march.

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