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Radiant City Reviews

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Louis Proyect

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

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January 23, 2009
Christopher Null

a very well crafted and easy to watch movie

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 1, 2008
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

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.

Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI) | Original Score: 3/4

July 6, 2007
Kam Williams

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.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze | Original Score: 3/4

June 7, 2007
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide

[A] sublimely slippery, slightly surreal and not entirely 'just the facts, ma'am' documentary.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

June 1, 2007
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

May 30, 2007
Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
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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.

| Original Score: 3/5

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

Full Review Source: Village Voice

May 29, 2007
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
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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.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

March 31, 2007
Kevin Williamson
Jam! Movies

It acknowledges the lure of urban sprawl is as every bit as phony yet intoxicating as the tug of cinema itself.

Full Review Source: Jam! Movies | Original Score: 3.5/5

March 30, 2007
S. James Wegg
Film Threat

The pundits bring their considerable expertise to bear on out-of-control development that's on a reckless course of urban/ suburban destruction.

Full Review Source: Film Threat | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 23, 2006
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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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.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

September 23, 2006

Radiant City is a fascinating 'thoughtumentary'

Full Review Source: JWR | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 10, 2006
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 7, 2006
Noel Murray
AV Club
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The faux-documentary aspect of Radiant City is a huge gamble that doesn't pay off.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: D+

May 31, 2007
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