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Last Call at the Oasis Reviews

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John Hanlon
Big Hollywood
June 30, 2013
A thoughtful but over-stuffed documentary that grazes over a lot of big issues.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/5
Simon Foster
Screen-Space
June 5, 2012
As effective as Yu's film is in conveying its message, its true impact will best be measured in the next half decade.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
May 31, 2012
One of the scariest Outrage Docs.
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
May 25, 2012
It's one of the best in a recent array of cinematic docs looking at such hot topics as oil, water, food production, climate change, the economy and telling us, as scientist Jay Famiglietti so succinctly puts it in Yu's film, "We're screwed."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
May 24, 2012
Be assured, this thorough doc with its gorgeous opening sequence will sear a central message into your brain: think before you drink.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
May 11, 2012
"Last Call at the Oasis" represents nonfiction filmmaking at its most urgent, timely and stylistically smooth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jim Judy
Screen It!
May 10, 2012
It's an important documentary that should be seen by all, even if it's only just firing an initial warning shot across our collective, water-consuming bow. (Full Content Review for Parents also available)
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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
May 10, 2012
One can argue the movie's finer points, but in the end, there's no escaping its creeping pile-up of evidence that Mother Earth is critically dehydrated - and we need to do something, fast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 7, 2012
Jam-packed with information-filled narratives ... the doc is commended for circumventing fearmongering in favor of engagement and encouragement.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
May 4, 2012
The film is passionate and insightful about its topic, and not just intended as some sort of cheap scare tactic.
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
May 4, 2012
Yu ends on a mildly optimistic note, but it's hard not to walk away convinced we're all in for a rather severe dry spell.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
May 3, 2012
Ms. Yu, who has directed scripted television episodes as well as documentaries, wraps a lot of bad news into a slick, informative, fast-moving package.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
May 3, 2012
Presents one side of the question and assumes it is incontrovertible. In reality, this is preaching to the choir, and it is doubtful that unbelievers are proselytized.
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May 3, 2012
[It] may be slick enough to reach people who aren't already familiar with such substances as "new water," atrazine and hexavalent chromium.
Alison Willmore
Movieline
May 3, 2012
Last Call at the Oasis has more than the usual share of gloom, though it's too steady with the facts to ever come across as alarmist - and some of its imagery is downright haunting.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
May 3, 2012
It may not all flow smoothly, but it often provokes a reaction similar to that of Jack Black, who's briefly seen doing a commercial and whose eyebrows dance a salsa when told what's been purified out of the product he's endorsing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Annlee Ellingson
Moving Pictures Magazine
May 3, 2012
Startling statistics and memorable personalities that leave a distressing impression--if not complete understanding--of the decline of the world's water supply.
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Sam Adams
AV Club
May 3, 2012
It's true that Americans contribute disproportionately to the problem, but catering to the idea that we're separate from the rest of the world isn't part of the solution.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
May 1, 2012
Last Call at the Oasis would have benefited from a voice or two of skepticism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michelle Orange
Village Voice
May 1, 2012
A many-lensed look at the coming water-supply crisis.
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