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A Fierce Green Fire (2013)

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43

Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 4

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Inspired by the book of the same name by Philip Shabecoff and informed by advisors like the biologist E.O. Wilson, A FIERCE GREEN FIRE chronicles the largest movement of the 20th century and one of the keys to the 21st. It brings together all the major parts of environmentalism and connects them. It focuses on activism, people fighting to save their homes, their lives, the future - and succeeding against all odds. (c)First Run Features

Unrated,

Documentary, Special Interest

Tom Turner

Sep 9, 2013

$29.6k

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Comprehensively tackles a sprawling subject and keeps things loose and lively.

April 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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Kitchell plods through this worthy material.

April 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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It's a decent overview of the subject, but the film's presentation is unexceptional, and it never hints that there is reasoned opposition to the views it advocates.

March 15, 2013 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
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A worthy reminder of how much has been done to help heal our planet's ecological woes as well as how much remains to be achieved.

March 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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About as sleepy as a documentary can be.

February 28, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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There's no consistent narrative thread to carry the film from start to finish, and A Fierce Green Fire fails to open any singular intellectual or psychological point of investigation.

February 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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Not another documentary exposé of a particular disaster or eco-crime but a history of the environmental movement itself, motivated by the idea that 'our industrial civilization has grown so powerful that it threatens the natural world...'

February 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Manages to make the larger cause relatable by focusing on the individual stories of conservationist leaders and radical activists

October 10, 2013 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

I agree totally with its politics while abhorring its unimaginative political correctness.

September 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Arts Fuse
Arts Fuse

If the point of A Fierce Green Fire is to dissipate conflict and join all viewers together under one big cause, then it finally succeeds.

May 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

There's certainly plenty of material there, but the movie mostly tells us about them rather than showing us.

April 11, 2013 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Essential viewing for those with a social conscience... showcases a rare and cogent macro-portrait skill unmatched in the arena of this topic since An Inconvenient Truth.

March 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Shockya.com
Shockya.com

Maybe the best environmental documentary.

March 20, 2013 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

It is expertly edited and features an effective mix of archival footage, stills, and primary-source interviews.

March 15, 2013 Full Review Source: Georgia Straight

Funny to see the rotten reviews of this film as if it were supposed to be entertaining as a romantic comedy. We are in deep shit, brothers and sisters, and this movie gives you and idea of how good people are trying to pull us out of it.

March 1, 2013 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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[A] clear-eyed and much-needed overview of the modern history of people fighting for nature without even realizing, way back when, that they were also fighting for human beings as an inextricable part of nature...

March 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

A lucid and prophetic documentary that will rekindle your passion for making your small contribution to saving the planet.

February 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

The firector avoids all manner of stylistics, opting instead for the formulaic documentary trifecta of first-person interviews, archival material, and news footage.

February 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Positively inspiring.

May 7, 2012 Full Review Source: Movies.com

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  • A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for A Living Planet (DE)
  • A Fierce Green Fire: The Battle for A Living Planet (UK)
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