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Surviving Progress (2011)

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Average Rating: 6.7/10
Critic Reviews: 18
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Humanity's ascent is often measured by the speed of progress. But what if progress is actually spiraling us downwards, towards collapse? Ronald Wright, whose best-seller, A Short History Of Progress inspired Surviving Progress, shows how past civilizations were destroyed by "progress traps" - alluring technologies and belief systems that serve immediate needs, but ransom the future. As pressure on the world's resources accelerates and financial elites bankrupt nations, can our globally-entwined

Sep 25, 2012

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These are critically important issues, but it needs a sharper point to get through thick skulls, and even evolved humans who are tired of the treadmill of progress might ask: What else is new?

June 8, 2012 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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A slick jeremiad, "Surviving Progress" is expertly made (it's far from tedious) but intellectually muddled.

May 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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[A] remarkably cogent, albeit remarkably alarming, film.

May 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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They shy away from proposing solutions, and the filmmakers capture humanizing clashes that illustrate the challenges of finding a balance that serves all parties.

May 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks, adapting a book by Ronald Wright, argue so persuasively that the human race is spinning out of control.

May 4, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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It's self-evident and tells the truth.

May 3, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comment (1)
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Persuasively argued in places, the film never really gets beyond the surface. That, however, may also be the point.

January 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Scotsman

But this is not a film interested in partisan finger-wagging, nor is it looking to place blame directly on one specific group or another (despite some pretty heavy glances toward [some] politicians). No. "Surviving Progress" is more philosophical.

August 25, 2012 Full Review Source: CraveOnline
CraveOnline

Instead of providing anything in the way of new ideas or even in-depth treatment of old ideas, Surviving Progress is content to be the world's longest book trailer.

June 7, 2012 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

One of those annoying runaway films in which every on-camera point is an excuse to cut to gratuitous, expensive images.

May 17, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Debates will be inevitable after viewing this with a friend. But after about halfway through, the movie repeats itself. I was getting bored when scientist after scientist was saying the same thing over and over again

May 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Sin Magazine
Sin Magazine

Unlike many current documentaries, it offers a fresh take on familiar issues.

May 10, 2012 Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Obviously we need more robots.

May 3, 2012 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

Food for thought presented in a smart, admirably unsentimentalized and largely unmanipulative manner.

April 25, 2012 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
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An intellectually stimulating and provocative film that raises more questions than it answers. In our age of increasingly rapid technological advances, this examination of the notion of progress is timely. It is, indeed, a vital necessity.

April 11, 2012 Full Review Source: About.com
About.com

If humans go extinct, the epitaph on our gravestone should simply read 'Why?'

April 9, 2012 Full Review Source: AALBC.com
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