Darwin's Nightmare Reviews

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Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 3, 2005
The documentary tries to pin Africa's suffering on capitalism, but dances around the real problem.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Brent Simon
Now Playing Magazine
February 9, 2006
Deeply felt but considerably less well-reasoned...
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
September 30, 2005
Becomes Errol Morris's bad dream -- a documentary apparently uninterested in any factual basis for its arguments.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Jon Popick
Planet Sick-Boy
February 10, 2006
This isn't going to make you feel anything except miserable, nauseous and angry. And if that's what you're in for, why not just save your money for The Pink Panther remake?
| Original Score: 6/10
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 2, 2005
This, Sauper's film says without words, is what the human race has evolved into -- the developed world preying on the undeveloped to the extent that people suffer and die so that two million fillets a day are available to Euro-diners.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Steven Snyder
Zertinet Movies
November 2, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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
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
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 20, 2005
Strange and terrible are the ways of man.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 23, 2005
A shocking and soul-shaking Austrian documentary about the dire effects of globalization upon the poor citizens of Tanzania.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Kent Turner
Film-Forward.com
August 3, 2005
The film is almost patronizing in its immutable bleakness.
Full Review | Original Score: '2.75/5'
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+
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...
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+
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
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Dennis Lim
Village Voice
August 2, 2005
It illuminates the sinister logic of a new world order that depends on corrupt globalization to put an acceptable face on age-old colonialism.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
August 3, 2005
Hubert Sauper's harrowing, indispensable documentary about Tanzania presents the agonized human face of globalization.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
August 3, 2005
With a roving eye and an attentive heart, Sauper's film takes in everyone involved in this miasma.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jules Brenner
Cinema Signals
February 6, 2006
The irony of guns for fish isn't Darwin's nightmare, it's Tanzania's.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John Powers
NPR.org
October 18, 2008

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

Sydney Morning Herald
January 17, 2006

Deseret News, Salt Lake City
February 11, 2006
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 18, 2006
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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