Collapse Reviews

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Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 22, 2013
A staggering film about a man convinced he's the only poor son of a gun who gets it ... and how, as he grows to realize he might have actually been right all those years, it destroys him
Full Review | Original Score: A
Derek Malcolm
This is London
October 6, 2010
If he's even half right, the world our children and grandchildren will inherit doesn't bear thinking about.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent
October 1, 2010
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tom Dawson
Total Film
September 30, 2010
Unearths the flawed humanity behind the apocalyptic theorising.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
September 30, 2010
Chris Smith's documentary centres on a long and disquieting interview with Michael Ruppert, a radical American activist on a mission to expose the "peak oil" cover-up...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tom Seymour
Little White Lies
September 30, 2010
Smith treats Ruppert both as exhibit and patient, and he comes across as an angry yet compassionate man, secure in his convictions but lost in his emotions.
| Original Score: 3/5
Terry Staunton
Radio Times
September 30, 2010
There are clear parallels with former US vice-president Al Gore's arguments in An Inconvenient Truth, only Smith's film makes less use of showbiz-style graphics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
September 29, 2010
Intelligently probed by director Chris Smith and always compelling to watch, the chain-smoking Ruppert's vision of the future should be on everyone's viewing list.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
September 29, 2010
Rich on rhetoric, if sometimes a little loopy in the ideas beneath.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
June 22, 2010
Take Michael Ruppert with several thousand grains of salt, but take him seriously, at least for 80 minutes. Chris Smith does, and thats what makes Collapse so riveting.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
June 8, 2010
Chris Smith and his documentary team smartly focus their attention on the world fuel crisis, leaving many other issues discussed by [Michael] Ruppert to the deleted scenes portion of the DVD.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
May 30, 2010
The only problem with "Collapse" is Smith's failure to prod Ruppert a little harder, especially on the subject of his 9/11 Truther status.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
March 12, 2010
Ruppert's deep sighs, dramatic pauses and a slight sneer on his lips say that he doesn't care what you think because he knows he's right, but he forgives your ignorance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?
January 27, 2010
You might disagree with every point made during Collapse but it's unnerving all the same.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kofi Outlaw
ScreenRant
January 27, 2010
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
December 11, 2009
Whether you consider Ruppert prophetic or paranoid, hearing his sobering thoughts on the collapse of industrialized civilization is a thought-provoking experience. Thought-provoking and scary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Tallerico
Movie Retriever
December 11, 2009
His theories start to live up to the title of the film but he does raise some interesting points of discussion that aren't a part of the international discussion nearly as much as they should be.
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Dan Kois
Washington Post
December 11, 2009
Ruppert unexpectedly breaks down, weeping openly for the lost future of humanity, and at that moment I was startled at how bad I felt for him -- and how nervous I was, suddenly, that this contemporary Cassandra might just be right.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 10, 2009
There is controversy over Ruppert, and he has many critics. But one simple fact at the center of his argument is obviously true, and it terrifies me.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
December 4, 2009
Collapse will leave you shaken about the future of the planet, and saddened about the shattered life of the messenger.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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