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Darwin's Nightmare Reviews

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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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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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 18, 2006
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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.
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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
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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
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Dallas Morning News
February 11, 2006
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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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
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AV Club
December 6, 2005
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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
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Boston Globe
December 2, 2005
[A] despairing, essential documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
December 1, 2005
Darwin's Nightmare is many things, including an environmental cautionary tale, a critique of globalization and a portrait of a community, country and continent in deep crisis.
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
October 14, 2005
Sauper's documentary is meant to reveal first-hand the devastating effects of globalization -- at least, an irresponsible form of it -- on a poor, foreign culture, and for the most part it succeeds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 13, 2005
As much a sociological horror movie as a documentary, this artfully chilling film examines what happens to a nation's environment, economy and political ecology when the law of the jungle is allowed free rein.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
August 22, 2005
An uncompromising portrait of how global capitalism can exploit an area's resources to the point of near annihilation.
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
August 5, 2005
Sauper captures a world in which life and death are treated with equal practicality -- and disregard.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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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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
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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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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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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
May 20, 2005
Strange and terrible are the ways of man.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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David Rooney
Variety
May 20, 2005
Somewhat haphazardly organized yet fascinatingly detailed and enriched by the candor and dignity of its shockingly deprived interview subjects.
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
May 20, 2005
A haunting, beautifully made reality check.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4