• PG, 1 hr. 34 min.
  • Documentary
  • Directed By:
    Bill Haney
    In Theaters:
    Jun 3, 2011 Limited
    On DVD:
    Nov 1, 2011
  • Dada Films

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The Last Mountain Reviews

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Sam Adams
AV Club
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Is there anything more disheartening than a lousy documentary pushing a good cause?

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C-

June 2, 2011
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

Haney glides past the drama in the stories of those people.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 2/4

July 15, 2011
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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When the film suggests that wind farms atop the mountains are the answer while backing higher taxes on such energy, which is more expensive than coal in the first place, it demonstrates its lack of interest in market reality.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

June 3, 2011
Robert Koehler
Variety
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Director and co-writer Bill Haney lacks a sense of poetry about the documentary form and opts for something closer to a sledgehammer approach.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 23, 2011
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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The coal industry's tactics are appalling. But to a lesser extent so is this.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 23, 2011
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit

If faith could move mountains...

Full Review Source: Movie Habit

July 15, 2011
Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
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[The film] confirms every awful suspicion ever raised about the coal industry. Trouble is, the news is so bad and so plentiful that The Last Mountain may have you looking for the nearest exit instead of a way to register your outrage.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

May 31, 2011
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle

Bite-size facts about mountaintop mining are splashed on the screen, but no substantiating sources are for the information are credited.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/5

July 15, 2011
Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
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The film does a good job of breaking down the complex interplay among politics, coal and environmentalists, including how and why the Clean Water Act has become more lax in recent years.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

June 2, 2011
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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A film like "The Last Mountain" fills me with restless anger.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

June 23, 2011
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine

Outlining its case and looking toward the future, The Last Mountain fulfills its mandate, even if it indulges in a bit too much RFK Jr. veneration along the way.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 29, 2011
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest

Eye-opening, ire-raising...an important account of a disastrous situation. One of the five best documentaries of 2011.

Full Review Source: Movie Dearest | Original Score: A-

June 19, 2011
Robert Levin
Film School Rejects

It's an impassioned cry of disgust, a fervent plea to wake us up to a grand injustice.

Full Review Source: Film School Rejects | Original Score: 3/4

June 9, 2011
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net

A troubling but inspiring David vs. Goliath story that's probably one of the better films to explore the current ecological problems with a more personal touch.

Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net | Original Score: 8.5/10

June 2, 2011
Nick Schager
Time Out New York
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A familiar if nonetheless enraging slab of agitprop.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

May 31, 2011
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze

Opting for energy sources at home as opposed to invasions abroad related to oil, these alternatives result in a different human carnage. Not exactly front page headlines, and deadly practices like gas fracking below and mountain top coal mining above.

Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

May 30, 2011
Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
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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 Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

July 22, 2011
Stephen Saito
IFC.com

That much of "The Last Mountain" actually is beautiful, with polished cinematography and deft editing, makes the medicine go down easier, but there's no doubt to some, it will still feel like medicine.

Full Review Source: IFC.com

June 2, 2011
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

A hard-hitting documentary about the detrimental effects of cowboy capitalism on Appalachian communities and their majestic mountains.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 3/5

May 30, 2011
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

Bill Haney wears his angry heart on his sleeve with a film about the environment and its destruction through greed.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B

June 15, 2011
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