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Incident at Loch Ness

In this mokumentary film within a film, cinematographer John Bailey and his documentary team follow director Werner Herzog on his quest to uncover the mystery behind the Loch Ness Monster in the Scottish Highlands. Along the way, the two filmmaking teams face technical and personal tension which challenge their respective projects.
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Variety by

Constructed Chinese-box style as a series of films within films, with a faked one about the Loch Ness monster at the center, "Incident" will have maximum impact for the first auds to catch it before its sly central joke gets out.
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The New York Times by Dave Kehr

These blatantly comic characters undercut the credibility established by Mr. Herzog's naturalistic performance, and sink the horror premise as quickly as it surfaces.
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New York Daily News by Jack Mathews

Herzog, who deadpans his way through the high jinks, is the best thing about the movie, but even he gets wearisome before Nessie has sunk the boat.
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Los Angeles Times by Kenneth Turan

An amusing mock documentary that spends considerable energy artfully trying to make you believe it's real as real can be. The movie is transparently a fake, but its counterfeit nature is the heart of its charm.
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Village Voice by Michael Atkinson

The film slowly sheds its convincing identity as nonfiction and becomes a cruel parody of making-of docs, studio-movie pandering, and showbiz egomania.
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L.A. Weekly by Scott Foundas

Razor sharp and funny as hell, Incident at Loch Ness is the harpoon hurled into the hot-air balloon of “reality” entertainment.
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New York Post by V.A. Musetto

Can be taken as a parable about cinema art vs. commerce. If that's too much to think about, just enjoy the off-beat humor.

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