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Manufactured Landscapes Reviews

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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
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
October 19, 2007
What the film does well is to make us part of the problem: After all we demand the lowest prices in everything we buy and that probably means it was made in China.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 25, 2007
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 9, 2007
Canadian fine art photographer Edward Burtynsky shoots the recycling dumps, superfactories, vast quarries and shipyards, capturing visual beauty in the ecological devastation.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
July 27, 2007
Feels constrained and rather dutiful, no matter how passionate these people are about what they're observing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
July 27, 2007
Burtynsky calls for "a whole new way of thinking" about the world's economy and ecology, though he never says what's wrong with the old way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
July 27, 2007
The movie works best traveling from the eye straight to the conscience.
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Kenneth Baker
San Francisco Chronicle
July 20, 2007
Again and again, Baichwal tapers passages of her film toward resolution in the form of a finished picture by Burtynsky, telescoping her vision and his.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
July 13, 2007
Opens with [an] extended moment: a 10-minute-long tracking shot of workers, rows and rows and rows of them, putting in their hours at a Chinese factory. It's an epic touch and reason enough to see this movie in a theater with a large screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
July 12, 2007
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.
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Karen Heller
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 29, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Boston Globe
June 22, 2007
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 | Original Score: 4/4
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John Anderson
Newsday
June 21, 2007
Doesn't go very far beneath the surface, or ask many provocative questions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
June 21, 2007
Yet another 'isn't it a pity' doc, where the damnable inequity of globalization provides an occasion for muted, impotent rage.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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New York Magazine/Vulture
June 21, 2007
An extraordinary visual record of change on an unprecedented scale.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
June 21, 2007
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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Entertainment Weekly
June 20, 2007
As Burtynsky trains his contemplative eye on seismic economic changes in China, Baichwal makes those still pictures come alive.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
June 20, 2007
Who said industrial waste couldn't be beautiful?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
June 20, 2007
Manufactured Landscapes is an absorbing if unsettling documentary about the work of the Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Jim Ridley
Village Voice
June 20, 2007
Nothing illustrates the monstrosity of globalized commerce more vividly than the lateral tracking shot that opens Jennifer Baichwal's mesmerizing documentary Manufactured Landscapes.
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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
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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
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John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
September 18, 2006
A highly unusual viewing experience that stimulates the senses and the conscience simultaneously.