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Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie (2011)

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Average Rating: 6.5/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 2

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In Canada, David Suzuki is pretty much an icon: a household name synonymous with nature and science, best known as the host of the long-running CBC TV show "The Nature of Things" and as a pioneering and passionate environmentalist. Although he is a tad less well known here south of the border, he may be the most inspiring, charming, eloquent, compelling voice for environmental sanity in the world today. At the age of 75, he shows no signs of slowing down. But what drove him to become the

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Feb 13, 2012

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All Critics (18) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (14) | Rotten (3)

Much of "Force of Nature" feels familiar and unnecessarily predigested.

April 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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Dr. Suzuki's upbeat tone is the spoonful of sugar that makes the bitter medicine go down.

December 1, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Engaging doc mixes passionate environmental arguments with a warm biographical portrait.

December 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
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Suzuki's unimpeachable cred as a longtime climate-change evangelist and swooning regard for the natural world do give the conversation a convincing, if depressing, urgency, but what sets Force of Nature apart is the sweeping diversity of his life.

November 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Village Voice
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[A] lavish, lovely and rather earnestly dull tribute of a movie.

October 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Although Suzuki's message that humans have exhausted the resources of the biosphere and need to rethink their relationship with the natural world may be a familiar one, it bears repeating.

September 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Variety
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Powerful, illuminating and inspirational.

January 3, 2012 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
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Too much to say, and too little time to say it, David Suzuki cheers for the global environment.

December 9, 2011 Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics
Monsters and Critics

Informative but less than thrilling profile of a prominent environmentalist.

December 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

An astonishing documentary about the life and work of scientist and eco-activist David Suzuki who shares his elder wisdom about science, nature, conservation, and the right path of indigenous peoples.

November 30, 2011 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

At best, Force of Nature restates an important message to a wider audience.

November 28, 2011 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

a complex portrait of a man ill-used by humanity in his youth and in this elder years still dedicated to convincing humanity to save itself.

November 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Mark Leeper's Reviews
Mark Leeper's Reviews

His legacy lecture may in parts be dry but the documentary reminds us of Suzuki's humanitarian legacy and the art of communication about issues that are vital to all of us

April 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

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A beautiful doc on the life of Canada's most illustrious environmentalist. The humanity of Suzuki emerges from visits to key places from key moments if his life. Missing however is the tale of Suzuki's marital difficulties possibly to secure his participation. The omission is a cloud over an otherwise worthwhile effort.
September 30, 2010
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