Johnstown Flood Reviews

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Chuck O'Leary
February 20, 2006
Mark Bussler's Johnstown Flood is an excellent documentary about one of the worst tragedies to occur in America during the 1800s.
Full Review | Original Score: A
David Keyes
November 5, 2003
Bussler understands the purpose of telling this story in documentary form, but it's the facts themselves that should be driving the storytelling, not the other way around.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dan Lybarger
Kansas City Star
October 22, 2003
Johnstown Flood has its weaknesses (the firsthand accounts weren't written to be recited like dialogue), but it still does a fine job of explaining why the impact of May 31, 1889 remains with us.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 28, 2003
Story is king - if the budgetary limits are a little too obvious, we must smile and forgive, because the writing & research is excellent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal
August 11, 2003
Feels less like a dry History lesson than like a '50s disaster flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
August 7, 2003
Dreyfuss' voice is like a weasel rubbed against a blackboard.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
July 24, 2003
It brings to life the tragic event.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
July 24, 2003
Johnstown Flood is the kind of movie I wouldn't have minded watching in school. It concurrently educates and entertains. While it's not perfect, it's still a worthy introduction to an American tragedy.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
June 30, 2003
The gold standard for this kind of documentary is set by filmmaker Ken Burns. "Johnstown Flood" doesn't rise to that level, but it is an informative historical tale.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Emanuel Levy
September 24, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Christopher Null
July 31, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Matt Easterbrook
Matt's Movie Reviews
June 28, 2003
While the horrors of the tragedy automatically give it weight (after all, how can one truly rate a documentary about an event in which 2,200 people died poorly?), it did have one main flaw, which quickly got on my nerves: the re-enactments.
| Original Score: 3/5
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