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The End of the Line (2008)



Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 46
Fresh: 36 | Rotten: 10

A thought-provoking and insightful documentary about the dangers of commercial fishing.


Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 3

A thought-provoking and insightful documentary about the dangers of commercial fishing.



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As the world's demand for fish and other seafood increases and the technology available to commercial fisherman becomes more sophisticated, the annual harvest from global seaports has grown tremendously in recent years. However, the rise of industrialized fishing has not come without consequences, and many environmentalists and oceanographers believe that the current demand for fish and the methods used to fulfill it are taking an irreparable toll on the world's oceans, with some speculating


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All Critics (47) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (36) | Rotten (10)

If the tone is occasionally off-putting, the message -- at least, the facts about the fish -- is harder to shrug off.

August 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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With commendable clarity, it lays out the data.

August 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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This movie wants to cover every base without thinking very deeply about them. So while a lot of ground is covered in 80 brisk minutes, the information presented is only abstractly useful.

July 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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It's hard not to feel that the vital information in The End of the Line may have been more effectively relayed by Clover's original book or by a movie whose methods were less pedantic and pedestrian.

July 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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Another day, another film about environmental collapse.

July 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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The End of the Line documents what threatens to become an irreversible decline in aquatic populations within 40 years.

July 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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This is a documentary that will change the way you think about seafood and give you the power of knowledge to make a change.

May 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Sunday Times (Australia)
Sunday Times (Australia)

As the final credits roll you feel like you've been on an emotional rollercoaster -- the same as you might if you'd just watched a moderately successful Hollywood disaster movie.

May 14, 2010 Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

Revelations about the tonnes of wasted sealife caught and discarded annually and the destructive effects of practices such as bottom-trawling, are head-spinning in their immensity.

May 14, 2010 Full Review Source:

There are an irritating number of fish and ocean montages with plaintive music which makes the film longer than it need be, but there's no denying the impact of its content.

May 12, 2010 Full Review Source: At the Movies (Australia)
At the Movies (Australia)

It's compelling viewing, and outlines the problem -- and the solution -- in minute detail.

May 12, 2010 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

Forget 2012. 2012. According to The End of the Line, the year right-minded folk should be dreading is 2048.

May 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Courier Mail (Australia)
Courier Mail (Australia)

Informative and alarming, if a little dry in its singular message and barrage of statistics.

August 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Washington City Paper
Washington City Paper

A gorgeously filmed cautionary tale about how industrial fishing is depriving little guys of their livelihood and depleting the once-vast supply.

August 7, 2009 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Plenty of fish in the sea? Time to learn a new adage.

July 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

As if we didn't already have enough signs of the impending apocalypse with which to contend.

July 13, 2009 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Comment (1)
Slant Magazine

..."Food, Inc." for fish.

July 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

The exercise feels mass-produced and makes you think some books shouldn't be adapted unless given a new and fervent second wind.

June 22, 2009 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

An illuminating, provocative and important wake-up call for everyone young and old.

June 20, 2009 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
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    1. Narrator: We are fighting a war against fish and we are winning.
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Foreign Titles

  • Die unbequeme Wahrheit über unsere Ozeane (DE)
  • The End of the Line - L'océan en voie d'épuisement (FR)
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