Urbanized Reviews

John Hartl
Seattle Times
Top Critic
January 5, 2012

A showcase for many conflicting viewpoints.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Jenkins
Time Out
Top Critic
December 13, 2011

Concerned inhabitants of the global village would do well to track this one down.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
Top Critic
November 3, 2011

At the very least, Hustwit drives home the urgency of radically rethinking city life as the world population tops seven billion.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
November 3, 2011

"Urbanized" is a fast zoom out to the big picture: The colonies or hives in which we arrange, display and support our lives.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
V.A. Musetto
New York Post
Top Critic
October 28, 2011

The documentary at times is weighed down by statistics and shop talk, but Luke Geissbuhler's smartly rendered cinematography saves the day.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
A.O. Scott
New York Times
Top Critic
October 27, 2011

Even viewers with deep knowledge of modern urban planning are likely to learn something from the carefully selected images and thoughtful interviews that make up most of "Urbanized."

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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October 27, 2011

A lively if schematic overview of city planning at its best and not so best.

Full Review | Original Score: B
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
Top Critic
October 26, 2011

Maybe this is the best title they could muster -- it's a stinker, depressing or, depending on your mood, vaguely danceable. Fortunately, the documentary itself is grand.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
Top Critic
October 25, 2011

Hustwit gorgeously enhances the talking-head commentaries of architects, policymakers, and other progressive thinkers with spatially clean, static-camera compositions -- this time in God's-eye panoramas of earth's ant farm.