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Touching the Void

Mixing interviews with dramatic re-enactments of the event, this gripping docudrama retells the mountaineering trek gone awry of Simon Yates (Nicholas Aaron) and Joe Simpson (Brendan Mackey), who falls and breaks his leg while climbing in the Andes. Yates, who's tethered to him, attempts to lower him to safety but fails, forcing him to make a pivotal decision that may or may not save both of their lives. The question is, was it the right one?
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Netflix Rating: 3.8
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 93%
Critics' score: 93   Audience score: 90   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

Macdonald has done an astonishing job of recreating the climbers' saga of disaster and triumph. full review

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

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

David Ansen, Newsweek

Awesome and harrowing. full review

Todd McCarthy, Variety

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. full review

Peter Rainer, New York Magazine

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.

Anthony Lane, New Yorker

Touching the Void is one of those rare movies that prove that fact is indeed stranger than fiction. full review

Joe Baltake, Sacramento Bee

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

Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel

One of the most gripping and harrowing looks at mountain climbing ever filmed. full review

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald

An edge-of- the-seat, what-else- could-go- wrong thriller with the building momentum of fiction. full review

Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press

If you walk away from Touching the Void amazed at the strength of the human will to survive, even without faith or solid hope for the future, the film has likely done its job.

Tom Long, Detroit News

British filmmaker Kevin Macdonald has blended elements of docudrama and documentary into a satisfying whole that will keep even the most stoic movie-goer gripping the armrest throughout. full review

James Berardinelli, ReelViews

Nail-biting. full review

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail

Riveting and remarkably unembellished.

Don Sapatkin, Philadelphia Inquirer

A wondrous recreation of that physical adventure.

Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic

An amazing, mind-boggling story. full review

Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper

A tense, well-made tale about excruciating experiences. full review

Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle

A white-knuckle adventure that combines the suspense of great drama with the veracity of documentary. full review

Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News

A truly moving tale about that strongest of human instincts: survival.

Bill Muller, Arizona Republic

Touching The Void takes us to both heaven and hell, and knowing the final result only serves to increase our sense of awe at the achievement. full review

Peter Howell, Toronto Star
full review by Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
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  • Release Year: 2003
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Runtime: 107 min
  • Available From: Jul 16, 2012
  • Queued by: 226 people
Directed By
Kevin MacDonald
Cast
Nicholas Aaron, Brendan Mackey
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