Earth Days Reviews

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Sarah Sluis
Film Journal International
August 15, 2011
History of the environmental movement told by its activists is small in scope, but contains fascinating morsels that sustain interest.
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
April 21, 2010
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
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Andrew Wright
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
December 11, 2009
[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.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
December 10, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
October 30, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 23, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 9, 2009
If the aim of Earth Days is to make viewers refall in love with the beauty of this tiny planet, then it succeeds.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
October 8, 2009
It's hard to watch this movie without feeling a little depressed and despondent about the future of mankind and its home.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 8, 2009
Earth Days captures those years when through sheer relentlessness, activists broke through to the public and put the mounting disaster at its doorstep.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix
October 7, 2009
A surprise of Earth Days is seeing Richard Nixon signing progressive eco-legislation and starting the Environmental Protection Agency.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun
October 2, 2009
A surprisingly calm documentary about the history of American ecological activism. But it's good calm, not dead calm.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
September 18, 2009
A surprisingly engaging ecodocumentary about the history of the American environmental movement from the Depression era up to the present.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
September 11, 2009
We may still have a long way to go but Earth Days applauds those who have helped bring us this far.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
August 21, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
August 14, 2009
A rich trove of news clips and interviews inform Robert Stone's fast-moving documentary about the movement to save the planet and the cultural forces that helped it along or held it back.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
August 14, 2009
At once regretful and optimistic, frustrated and proud. Mr. Stone has shown us the way; now all we need is the will.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Steve Ramos
Boxoffice Magazine
August 14, 2009
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Justin Berton
San Francisco Chronicle
August 14, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 13, 2009
A fine historical survey of the environmental movement in America from the 1950s to the end of the 1980s.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Noel Murray
AV Club
August 13, 2009
Once [director] Stone drops the generalities and starts getting specific, Earth Days improves considerably.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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