Manufactured Landscapes Reviews

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Kam Williams
Denver Urban Spectrum
June 10, 2007
A powerful picture primarily because it never proselytizes but simple allows its visually-overwhelmed audience to draw its own conclusions about the unconsidered downside of living beyond our ecological means.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Keith Uhlich
Slant Magazine
June 8, 2007
Manufactured Landscapes is a film very much aware of its own existence, of the mechanisms that brought it about, yet it never again reaches the transcendental heights of its pre-credits prelude.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
May 31, 2007
A documentary about the penalties paid for hyper-growth in China. Highly recommended.
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
May 20, 2007
There's a huge difference between conveying the numbing, dehumanizing and mindlessly repetitive nature of factory drudgery in a movie, and subjecting your audience to the same by involving them visually in that unbearable tedium.
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
May 4, 2007
The film betrays a gratifying faith in the audience's agility.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
April 8, 2007
Director Baichwal capably bridges the gap between Burtynsky's objective photos and the audience's desire to be emotionally engaged by the material.
Full Review | Original Score: 86/100
Ken Dubois
Reel.com
February 24, 2007
An art film in the truest sense: the subjects are an artist and his work, and the cinematographer filming him is an artist as well.
| Original Score: 4/4
Pete Vonder Haar
Film Threat
February 3, 2007
Slow in places, but the feeling of foreboding you'll take away from it is undeniable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Shlomo Schwartzberg
Boxoffice Magazine
January 25, 2007
A feature film demands more depth and imagination, both of which are largely lacking in this superficial offering.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Debruge
Variety
January 20, 2007
A profound, open-ended meditation on man's physical impact on his environment.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
September 29, 2006
A work that is every bit as cogent, innovative and profoundly unsettling as its subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
September 29, 2006
Polemic-free, yet undeniably frightening -- and weirdly beautiful in its depiction of industrial ugliness.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail
September 29, 2006
Yes, this film can actually broaden Burtynsky's work, underlining the power of the photographs by revealing more of the subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Adam Nayman
eye WEEKLY
September 23, 2006
Though its vistas may look alien, this urgent, quietly damning film never lets us forget that we, by dint of our comfy environs, are their creators.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
September 18, 2006
A highly unusual viewing experience that stimulates the senses and the conscience simultaneously.
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Mark Holcomb
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A

Empire Magazine
May 9, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Dave White
Movies.com
June 20, 2007
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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