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Radiant City (2007)

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Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 1

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Radiant City, which represents the first collaboration between documentarist Gary Burns and journalist Jim Brown, takes as its springboard thesis the idea that suburban life is quickly becoming the norm for families across North America. It thus carries viewers inside of the "suburban mystique" via a protracted dissection of a clan that resides in a planned community, the Moss family. The film specifically examines how the suburban landscape, with its prefab houses, playgrounds, schools, strip

Mar 4, 2008

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The faux-documentary aspect of Radiant City is a huge gamble that doesn't pay off.

May 31, 2007 Full Review Source: AV Club
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Suburban sprawl takes a well-deserved hit in Radiant City, a documentary by Canadian filmmaker Gary Burns and journalist Jim Brown.

May 30, 2007 Full Review Source: New York Post
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Blending documentary elements and some dramatic material, Radiant City is an acerbic position paper on the cultural damage done by postwar architectural fads.

May 30, 2007
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[An] enlightening and disturbingly funny critique of North American suburban sprawl.

May 29, 2007 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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Radiant City is a movie about communities that offer everything prospective citizens might want or need, save this: a human reason to live there.

March 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Although this National Film Board-produced film is promoted as a documentary, it's really a combination of essay and drama about that favourite bugbear, suburbia.

September 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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A sardonic look at suburban sprawl in Calgary. With its wry surrealistic touches, this is a movie that makes you smile while it makes you think. Highly recommended

January 23, 2009 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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a very well crafted and easy to watch movie

August 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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Author James Howard Kunstler says the suburban landscape is "brutal" and "soul-draining," and it's hard to argue when the filmmakers show him sitting in a bike path "rest area," a little bench behind a chain-link fence with a view of the freeway.

July 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI)
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Irrefutable evidence that post modern suburbia is an unmitigated disaster which can't deliver on its seductive promise to deliver the good life to refugees from the big city.

June 7, 2007 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze
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[A] sublimely slippery, slightly surreal and not entirely 'just the facts, ma'am' documentary.

June 1, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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It acknowledges the lure of urban sprawl is as every bit as phony yet intoxicating as the tug of cinema itself.

March 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
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The pundits bring their considerable expertise to bear on out-of-control development that's on a reckless course of urban/ suburban destruction.

September 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Threat
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Radiant City is a fascinating 'thoughtumentary'

September 10, 2006 Full Review Source: JWR

...successful as both a documentary on the suburbs and an intimate look at the ups and downs of an admittedly quirky nuclear family.

September 7, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Radiant City

Why do they call this a documentary? It is made to look like a documentary but the people involved are all actors? Oops was that a spoiler? Serves you right Brown and Burns!
July 3, 2012
John Ballantine

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One sided at times, but definitely makes it clear that it is one sided, in a way.
It's also a very beautiful looking film, and the shots are composed really well. This of course takes away from the realism, but then again, what documentary is actually "real".......
May 5, 2008
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