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100
Director Werner Herzog's latest cinematic mind trip blows you away with its beauty.
100
The cave exists to provoke awe in mere mortals. The camera pauses at one point to take in a stalagmite reaching up to touch, nearly, a stalactite and the inevitable association is with Michelangelo's Adam and the hand of God.
91
This truly intimate film invites viewers to commune as well and feel a profound living connection with fellow humans of 30,000 years ago.
90
Go underground with magic glasses on your nose and you won't regret it.
90
To call this movie fascinating is akin to calling the Grand Canyon large.
90
Cave of Forgotten Dreams is compelling, sometimes in a hypnotic, sleepy-bye way.
88
And how can you not reflect about time, and change, and physical and spiritual being, when confronted with such a stunning visual record of human existence?
88
Spellbinding.
88
As much a study of prehistoric art as archaeology, this documentary brings in experts to speculate about the mysterious artists who made these paintings, some quite elaborate and others intriguingly abstract.
75
Art history lessons don't get much better: Cave of Forgotten Dreams presents the world's oldest paintings captured by one of film's great visionaries.
70
With its whispery conversations, sepulchral atmosphere and soothing play of light and shadow, Cave of Forgotten Dreams is probably best enjoyed in a chemically enhanced state of mind.

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