Darwin's Nightmare Reviews

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kam Williams
Black Collegian
June 22, 2007
Contrasts European greed and decadence with the fallout visited upon Africa due to the relentless rape of its natural resources in the name of profit.
| Original Score: 4/4
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
April 2, 2007
A film of intelligence and great empathy that examines the corrosive effects of imperialism on people often left off the pages of history's textbooks. A heartbreakingly great film.
Full Review | Original Score: 90/100
Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
August 20, 2006
absolutely brave, unflinching
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
May 11, 2006
If Sauper wanted to dream up a metaphor for the corrosive effects of globalization, he couldn't think of one much better than the Nile perch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
April 20, 2006
Sauper's camera, which would fog up if it had tear ducts, looks over Tanzania's nastiness with gloomy forthrightness.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
April 1, 2006
It's a heart-breaking cautionary tale for our times that is more a sociological tract than documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: B+

Empire Magazine
April 1, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
March 31, 2006
The movie prefers to show snippets of life and let the audience make the connections. Many of these scenes prove memorable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Denby
New Yorker
February 28, 2006
If Sauper is fired up by anti-globalist conviction, his instincts as an artist and as a man rule out any kind of rhetoric or cheapness.
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
February 28, 2006
It's kinda like science fiction -- one of those post-the-collapse-of-nature dystopias of the 1970s -- except it's real...
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
February 27, 2006
Hubert Sauper's brutal documentary is up for an Oscar, and it's easy to see why.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
February 24, 2006
The words Being poor is like being old are scrawled on the door of a shack; like this movie, it's a howl waiting to be heard.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
February 23, 2006
Sauter's illustration of economic Darwinism at its most primal and unforgiving is a harrowing vision of human life as collateral damage in the modern global economy.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
February 15, 2006
Darwin's Nightmare is an urgent, horrific, yet at times oddly blinkered vision of the crisis of modern Africa.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
February 12, 2006
Though it obviously concentrates very skillfully on a particular time and place, it also points to larger global issues that should make us all stop and think.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Dallas Morning News
February 11, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
February 10, 2006
The most depressing and important movie you'll see this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ernest Hardy
L.A. Weekly
February 9, 2006
In unflinching terms, it captures the hellish existence endured by the many so that the few may wallow in privilege.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 9, 2006
It immerses you in its reality one toe at a time, until suddenly you are in over your head, gasping for air as the horror of the situation reveals itself in all its savage devastation.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
John Powers
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 18, 2006

Deseret News, Salt Lake City
February 11, 2006

Sydney Morning Herald
January 17, 2006

Boston Phoenix
December 6, 2005
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AV Club
December 6, 2005
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