The Last Mountain Reviews

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Jay Antani
Cinema Writer
January 27, 2012
trenchant, impassioned
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
September 9, 2011
You can't look at those manmade scars and not feel your blood boil, and that anger flows throughout Bill Haney's fiery documentary "The Last Mountain."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
August 12, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
July 22, 2011
[A] thoughtful and elegantly made documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
July 22, 2011
The coal mining industry has a lot to answer for.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
July 22, 2011
The picture is as grim as the wasteland that remains after the "mountain top removal" process undertaken by coal companies to reveal the rich seams of coals that lie underneath.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
July 20, 2011
Bill Haney's searing indictment of coal mining-especially the mountain top variety-is a timely reminder of the dangers of relying on non-renewable energy resources to keep most of our electricity requirements on the grid.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Paul de Barros
Seattle Times
July 14, 2011
The film presents a devastatingly airtight, dramatic argument.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Marc Mohan
Oregonian
July 14, 2011
An even tone and attention to detail compensate for a lack of dissenting voices, and make "The Last Mountain" a compelling examination of a complex topic.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 8, 2011
When you see a 91-year-old woman in a flag-draped wheelchair arrested for daring to challenge Massey's policies at the governor's office, you can't help but feel you're witnessing an American tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 23, 2011
A film like "The Last Mountain" fills me with restless anger.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
June 22, 2011
As Bill Haney's infuriating, straightforward documentary argues, the coal industry is not only poisoning our air and water but our democracy as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
June 19, 2011
Eye-opening, ire-raising...an important account of a disastrous situation. One of the five best documentaries of 2011.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 16, 2011
The Last Mountain will make you very, very angry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
June 15, 2011
...once director Haney begins to include Robert Kennedy Jr. in his film he can't seem to stop and the film begins to seem more like a campaign piece than what he set out to do.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
June 15, 2011
Bill Haney wears his angry heart on his sleeve with a film about the environment and its destruction through greed.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
June 14, 2011
The disturbing eco-documentary "The Last Mountain" charts the catastrophic effects of the mining technique called mountaintop removal on West Virginia's Coal River Valley.
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
June 14, 2011
A damning look at Big Coal and its landscape-decimating practices, a litany of disheartening statistics and enraging testimony.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert Levin
Film School Rejects
June 9, 2011
It's an impassioned cry of disgust, a fervent plea to wake us up to a grand injustice.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
June 8, 2011
The protests and lawsuits organized by lifelong locals are inspiring.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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