Revenge of the Electric Car Reviews

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
July 17, 2012
The techie stuff is light and the mood mostly optimistic, which makes for a slightly bland experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 23, 2011
"Revenge of the Electric Car" lacks the urgency of "Who Killed the Electric Car?" But Paine's thorough knowledge of his subject, and engaging way with an interview, make the follow-up film a fun ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 17, 2011
As filmmaking goes, Paine's follow-up is a dud.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 14, 2011
If you thought you'd never mist up at a nonfiction movie about plug-in autos, you're in for a surprise. This is a surprisingly emotional trip, and a very enjoyable one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
November 10, 2011
Once a muckraker, Paine now acts mostly as a cheerleader, and his slick new movie trades heavily in the sort of flattering CEO profiles that grace the covers of business magazines.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 10, 2011
The first film was charged with drama. "Revenge" is somewhat anticlimactically charged with a wall plug.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
November 3, 2011
The movie is interesting now and, given its subject, should even be more interesting in about a hundred years. Stick around.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 3, 2011
More hopeful but also more complex and lacking the focused urgency of the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
November 3, 2011
Ultimately, "Revenge of the Electric Car" is like meeting with an overeager salesman. In real life, that's not necessarily an unpleasant experience, but it also doesn't last 90 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
October 23, 2011
Fascinating and highly entertaining...
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Mindy Farabee
Los Angeles Times
October 21, 2011
Wall Street might want to take notice of how quickly tides can change.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 21, 2011
Saying electric cars are "zero emission" is about as truthful as saying you don't have to kill a cow when you buy a hamburger.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Daniel M. Gold
New York Times
October 20, 2011
In the end, "Revenge of the Electric Car" is a slick, enjoyable valentine to a retooling industry. This optimistic film lacks the outrage of the earlier work, but that's O.K. A movement needs its triumphs too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
October 20, 2011
Fascinating in its own right.
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Nick Schager
Time Out
October 18, 2011
Anybody throwing the word revenge around right now is being a tad premature.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michelle Orange
Village Voice
October 18, 2011
In lieu of a business case for ethics, it tells the story of that rare moment when the bottom line finally dovetails with the greater good.
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
October 14, 2011
Given Paine's penchant for B-movie-sounding titles, let's hope he gets to make it a trilogy that concludes with The Electric Car Lives!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Greg Quill
Toronto Star
October 13, 2011
Too many important questions are never addressed, or even asked, presumably to protect corporate secrets.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ronnie Scheib
Variety
April 29, 2011
Without true tension, the docu feels as slickly manufactured as its va-va-voom subject.
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
April 25, 2011
This fascinating sequel provides a surprisingly upbeat prognosis on the transition to electric vehicles.