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Earth Days (2009)

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Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 31
Fresh: 26 | Rotten: 5

This engaging and well-organized eco-doc maps the successes and failures of the American environmental movement, thanks to sharp interviews and remarkable archive footage.

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Average Rating: 6.7/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 3

This engaging and well-organized eco-doc maps the successes and failures of the American environmental movement, thanks to sharp interviews and remarkable archive footage.

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While the publication of Rachel Carson's book Silent Spring in 1962 has been cited by many as the dawn of the environmental movement, the celebration of the first Earth Day in 1970 demonstrated to many that the concern over pollution, overpopulation, and the abuse of our natural resources was no longer the task of a handful of scientists but something that had caught the attention of people all around the world. Filmmaker Robert Stone offers a historic look at the events leading up to the

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Apr 20, 2010

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If you're feeling nostalgic for a time when the environmental movement was something everyone embraced, Robert Stone's Earth Days is bound to comfort -- and alarm.

December 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Honoring the heroes of the environmental movement is clearly appropriate, but getting mired in nostalgia is a dirty shame.

October 29, 2009 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Yes, the future still looks grim and whales are hunted here as they are in all such films, but Stone spends most of his time tracking something positive -- the birth of the environmental movement in the '60s and '70s.

October 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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Earth Days captures those years when through sheer relentlessness, activists broke through to the public and put the mounting disaster at its doorstep.

October 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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A surprisingly engaging ecodocumentary about the history of the American environmental movement from the Depression era up to the present.

September 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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These people, including Whole Earth catalog editor Stewart Brand and 87-year-old former Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall, are smart and interesting folks who are worth listening to.

August 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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History of the environmental movement told by its activists is small in scope, but contains fascinating morsels that sustain interest.

August 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

dynamic kaleidoscope of those heady days when revolution was palpable, and individuals really believed to the core of their being that they could change the world

April 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews
Killer Movie Reviews

[A] bunch of planet-sized brains secure enough in their doomy conclusions to deliver essential information without being strident about it. If you're going to be talked at, this is the way to go.

December 11, 2009 Full Review Source: The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

Considering the environmental glass houses we've constructed around us, one comes away from Earth Days wondering if it's not past time for some bricks to be slung, metaphorical or otherwise.

October 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

...mostly a celebration of gray eminences who are very satisfied with themselves.

October 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Playback:stl
Playback:stl

If the aim of Earth Days is to make viewers refall in love with the beauty of this tiny planet, then it succeeds.

October 9, 2009 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

It's hard to watch this movie without feeling a little depressed and despondent about the future of mankind and its home.

October 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

A surprise of Earth Days is seeing Richard Nixon signing progressive eco-legislation and starting the Environmental Protection Agency.

October 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

A surprisingly calm documentary about the history of American ecological activism. But it's good calm, not dead calm.

October 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

We may still have a long way to go but Earth Days applauds those who have helped bring us this far.

September 11, 2009 Full Review Source: KPBS.org
KPBS.org

A well-informed, well-constructed story boosted by the larger-than-life personalities of its subjects, all of whom played a unique role in raising awareness for the environment.

August 14, 2009 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
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