Beautiful Islands Reviews

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
July 23, 2010
In short, it's pretty but dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Tim Grierson
L.A. Weekly
July 22, 2010
At a time when most advocacy documentaries aim for righteous fury, Tomoko Kana's Beautiful Islands is so gentle that it's practically radical by comparison.
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John Anderson
July 6, 2010
An extraordinarily eloquent synthesis of imagery and urgency.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
July 6, 2010
A handsome-looking, if narratively inert, piece of propaganda filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
July 2, 2010
Energized by neither music nor narration, and without the essential urgency of facts and figures, the result is a series of finely polished but relentlessly dull snapshots lapped by rising tides and melting permafrost.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
July 1, 2010
Breathtaking, captivating and inspirational. It's a non-preachy, vital wake-up call for all of mankind.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.62/10
Diego Costa
Slant Magazine
June 29, 2010
Beautiful Islands teases us with delightful Weerasethakul-esque territory only to abruptly replace that promise of wonder with predictable, sterile documentary filmmaking.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Kam Williams
June 29, 2010
A heartbreaking expose' which leaves no doubt that dramatic environmental changes are unfolding at every latitude, whether they be the consequences of human overconsumption of fossil fuels or merely the hand of God.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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