The Cave

critic Reviews

97% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score97%
  • A hard-hitting documentary with imagery as powerful as its message, The Cave poses heartbreakingly urgent questions -- and leaves them for the viewer to answer.
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    Kevin MaherTimes (UK)
    It's still profoundly effective film-making, but feels less true.
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    Cath ClarkeGuardian
    Like Ballour, it has a purpose: to focus the world's attention on the suffering of Syrian people.
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    Matt TurnerLittle White Lies
    Manipulations in post-production slightly undermine material that is already dramatic enough.
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    Nigel AndrewsFinancial Times
    A blistering documentary about death defiance in a war zone.
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    Joshua RothkopfTime Out
    A profile in courage under fire, The Cave sometimes relieves its enervating tension with occasional MASH-like interludes of levity: a surprise birthday party, some bickering over rice recipes, thoughtful drags on cigarettes.
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    Brad WheelerGlobe and Mail
    It's no surprise the film won the People's Choice Documentary Award at this year's Toronto International Film Festival.
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    Mikel ZorrillaEspinof
    'The Cave' is not a documentary that is going to make history, but it is a crude portrait of a true story that deserved further dissemination. [Full Review in Spanish]
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    Robert F. WorthThe New York Review of Books
    ...raw and painful to watch, contain scenes of arresting intimacy...
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    Leonardo Garcia TsaoLa Jornada
    Such is the intensity of The Cave that the dramatic music of Matthew Herbert feels unnecessary. [Full review in Spanish]
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    Todd JorgensonCinemalogue
    A triumph of both artistry and humanity, this powerful and topical documentary finds a harrowing new angle to the ongoing Syrian unrest.
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