• PG-13, 1 hr. 45 min.
  • Documentary
  • Directed By:
    Jessica Yu
    In Theaters:
    May 4, 2012 Limited
    On DVD:
    Nov 13, 2012


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Last Call at the Oasis Reviews

Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
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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 Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

May 25, 2012
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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Be assured, this thorough doc with its gorgeous opening sequence will sear a central message into your brain: think before you drink.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

May 24, 2012
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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"Last Call at the Oasis" represents nonfiction filmmaking at its most urgent, timely and stylistically smooth.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3/4

May 11, 2012
Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
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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 Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

May 10, 2012
Sara Stewart
New York Post
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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 Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

May 4, 2012
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

May 3, 2012
Mark Jenkins
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[It] may be slick enough to reach people who aren't already familiar with such substances as "new water," atrazine and hexavalent chromium.

Full Review Source: NPR

May 3, 2012
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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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 Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

May 3, 2012
Sam Adams
AV Club
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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 Source: AV Club | Original Score: C+

May 3, 2012
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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Last Call at the Oasis would have benefited from a voice or two of skepticism.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

May 1, 2012
Michelle Orange
Village Voice
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A many-lensed look at the coming water-supply crisis.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

May 1, 2012
John Anderson
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Whether the glass is half full or half empty isn't the point of the effervescent Last Call at the Oasis: It's whether there'll be anything in the glass at all.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 23, 2012
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