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Manufactured Landscapes Reviews

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Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer

[The filmmakers] try hard, but fail to present the Industrial Revolution, which began in the late 18th century, as something new and terrifying.

Full Review Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer | Original Score: D

July 12, 2007
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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Without browbeating, hectoring, lecturing or sermonizing, Manufactured Landscapes makes an inelegant point elegantly. The point: Humanity is altering the landscape drastically and by implication irrevocably.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

July 12, 2007
Harry Chotiner

"Manufactured Landscapes" is long on heart and short on brains. The result is a technically dazzling film with its heart in the right place. But it's just too thoughtless to become fine art.

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July 10, 2007
Eric Lurio
Entertainment Insiders

Once the film gets going, it gets going, and the beauty of 'manufactured landscapes' can be rather profound.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders | Original Score: 3/4

June 30, 2007
Karen Heller
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Manufactured Landscapes is a visual poem, an irony in that it moves slowly while capturing beauty about industrial life which is rarely either.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

June 29, 2007
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus

The images are striking in their otherworldliness, suggesting science-fiction landscapes as readily as dystopian ruins of the here and now.

Full Review Source: Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus | Original Score: B+

June 25, 2007
Katey Rich
Film Journal International

What's remarkable is that [Baichwal's] footage manages to add meaning to the photographs, already so powerful on their own.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

June 25, 2007
Mark Holcomb
Time Out New York
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What the film mercilessly captures that his possibly too-lovely photos only imply is the stunning degree to which poor countries have become the source and cesspit for the Westâ(TM)s addiction to consumer crap.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 4/6

June 23, 2007

Boston Globe
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A mesmerizing work of visual oncology, a witness to a cancer that's visible only at a distance but entwined with the DNA of everything we buy and everywhere we shop. We are not in charge of this, you may want to reply. If not, who is?

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 4/4

June 22, 2007
John Anderson
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Doesn't go very far beneath the surface, or ask many provocative questions.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 21, 2007
Noel Murray
AV Club
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Yet another 'isn't it a pity' doc, where the damnable inequity of globalization provides an occasion for muted, impotent rage.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B-

June 21, 2007

New York Magazine/Vulture
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An extraordinary visual record of change on an unprecedented scale.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

June 21, 2007
Andrew O'Hehir
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You won't see anything all year as profoundly scary as Jennifer Baichwal's Manufactured Landscapes, a magisterial tour of the world's most devastating and devastated industrial zones with Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky.

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June 21, 2007

Entertainment Weekly
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As Burtynsky trains his contemplative eye on seismic economic changes in China, Baichwal makes those still pictures come alive.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A

June 20, 2007
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Jennifer Baichwal's important, disquieting documentary offers the strongest reminder since Born Into Brothels that art can serve a crucial, consciousness raising purpose.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 4/4

June 20, 2007
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
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Who said industrial waste couldn't be beautiful?

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

June 20, 2007
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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Manufactured Landscapes is an absorbing if unsettling documentary about the work of the Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky.

| Original Score: 3.5/5

June 20, 2007
Jim Ridley
Village Voice
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Nothing illustrates the monstrosity of globalized commerce more vividly than the lateral tracking shot that opens Jennifer Baichwal's mesmerizing documentary Manufactured Landscapes.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

June 20, 2007
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Some images in 'Manufactured Landscapes' fascinate like the snake, a color beauty mark surrounded by at times unidentifiable ugliness.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews

June 19, 2007
Edward Douglas

If you're even remotely interested in China's rich history and how the country has been changing, than this documentary is a must see.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 7.5/10

June 19, 2007
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