Hurricane on the Bayou Reviews

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Philip Kennicott
Washington Post
March 22, 2007
The narrative is built one happy cliche at a time until the story of Katrina ceases to be about appalling environmental neglect, or the colossal failure of the federal government to manage a disaster.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
March 16, 2007
A classic 'before and after' document, terrific images of what was once there, actual footage of the storm itself, moving TV news coverage of the disaster and a conclusion that's more optimistic than it has any right to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 16, 2007
The smart, classy Hurricane on the Bayou preaches an invaluable environmental lesson for children and parents: Don't monkey with the ecosystem without expecting payback.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Erika Gonzalez
Denver Rocky Mountain News
March 16, 2007
Despite its split personality, Hurricane offers more good than bad, including a lively soundtrack featuring Benoit, the Neville Brothers and Fats Domino.
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
March 16, 2007
Katrina will end up changing the entire South, from Houston to Florida, for decades to come, yet Bayou still insists on its upbeat gospel ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Lewis Beale
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
Hurricane on the Bayou makes its points in a compelling, and moving, manner.
Arthur Salm
San Diego Union-Tribune
February 16, 2007
[Features] a knockout soundtrack, some very impressive gators and two irresistible forces: Hurricane Katrina and 14-year-old fiddler and eco-warrior Amanda Shaw.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
February 11, 2007
...amazing footage of Katrina's aftermath...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
James Sanford
Kalamazoo Gazette
February 9, 2007
not simply another 'isn't it tragic' picture of the Gulf Coast, post-Katrina. The movie spends just as much time celebrating the joyous music that has always been a part of New Orleans...
Edward Ortiz
Sacramento Bee
January 26, 2007
Though some of the images of the aftermath will seem chillingly familiar, there is ample aerial footage of the destruction that carries a deeper impact because of the wide screen.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Bob Townsend
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
January 18, 2007
A convincing and entertaining argument for the importance of preserving Louisiana's wetlands.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
December 22, 2006
It effectively showcases the indomitable spirit that has held the area together over the last year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 21, 2006
This is an often-moving film, but its approach to life in post-Katrina Louisiana is hopeful, even celebratory.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 21, 2006
The devastation left by Hurricane Katrina has been well documented, but seeing it on a giant Imax screen makes it hit home in a way other media can't match.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
December 19, 2006
Although its subject matter gets tossed around a little, "Hurricane on the Bayou" always gets its message across.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard James Havis
Hollywood Reporter
October 2, 2006
While it attempts to be apolitical, the filmmakers short shrift of what happened during and after Hurricane Katrina weakens an otherwise worthy film.
Bridget Byrne
Boxoffice Magazine
September 23, 2006
It's a gumbo stew of a movie in which all the ingredients don't meld neatly, but then it has an excuse: Nature beat it to the punch.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
September 8, 2006
Seen on an Imax screen, the now-familiar imagery of the devastation in New Orleans and other areas takes on a new resonance as the sheer size of the affected areas is felt more fully.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
September 8, 2006
The film's originally speculative scenario became reality on Aug. 29, 2005.
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
September 7, 2006
A film free of political fury, but full of activist optimism, this tame but heartfelt documentary is a fine companion piece to a day at the science museum.
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