• 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

Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

August 12, 2011
Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
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[A] thoughtful and elegantly made documentary.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

July 22, 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
Paul de Barros
Seattle Times
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The film presents a devastatingly airtight, dramatic argument.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 4/4

July 14, 2011
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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 Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3/4

July 8, 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
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
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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The Last Mountain will make you very, very angry.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 16, 2011
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
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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.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle

June 14, 2011
Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
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A damning look at Big Coal and its landscape-decimating practices, a litany of disheartening statistics and enraging testimony.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

June 14, 2011
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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The protests and lawsuits organized by lifelong locals are inspiring.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

June 8, 2011
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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I left the movie convinced that we have to break our addiction to coal-generated electricity before it's too late, but not at all convinced that our soul-gnawed, endlessly distracted nation possesses the strength of character or political will to do so.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

June 5, 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
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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The black heart of coal country - and, as the film shows, our national energy debate - has never seemed so in need of white knights.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

June 2, 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
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
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
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
James Greenberg
Hollywood Reporter
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Delivers a powerful environmental punch.

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January 25, 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
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