Who Killed the Electric Car? Reviews

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Top Critic
Rob Nelson
Village Voice
August 27, 2009
Another few of these squandered opportunities for art-house muckraking and we'll need someone to ask who killed the left-wing documentary.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 23, 2009
The film shows how politicians on both sides of the isle conspired with oil companies and car manufacturers to rob our ecology of one of its most promising assets.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 21, 2008
Chris Paine's documentary about General Motors' development and withdrawal of the innovative, environment-friendly EV1 automobile is bound to reverberate with anyone who's fallen in love with a product only to see it irrevocably yanked from the market.
Christopher Campbell
Cinematical
September 17, 2007
Transcends its own awful construction by being a documentary, further supporting the idea that docs needn't be well made to be worthwhile.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Kam Williams
Upstage Magazine
June 1, 2007
Given the shortsighted shenanigans engaged in by these corporate-oriented politicians and greedy captains of industry, is it any wonder that we'd end up mired in the Middle East to ensure the flow of oil? Who killed the electric car? The usual suspects.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
March 30, 2007
It goes far beyond electric cars to illustrate how big business controls government actions and policies at all levels with damaging results.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
March 1, 2007
This rich and absorbing documentary also functions as mystery and exposť.
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
December 30, 2006
In the interest of understanding how your government and big business work (and work together against the consumer's interest), you owe it to yourself to see this film.
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
November 10, 2006
On the other hand, the activists are a little twee to deliver any serious drama
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 30, 2006
Filmmaker Chris Paine's postmortem on the EV1s doesn't answer all our questions, but it is reasonably evenhanded and quite entertaining.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
October 7, 2006
It's liable to get people hopping mad, whether or not they buy Paine's overarching conspiracy theory.
Brent Simon
Now Playing Magazine
September 17, 2006
Piercingly demonstrates how technological advancement occurs only when it aligns with monied interests, and argues persuasively for the idea that we all deserve better.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
September 14, 2006
Where too many politically minded films seem to exist only to confirm what the audience already believes, it's a thrill to sit in a theater and learn something new and so, so infuriating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
September 13, 2006
Hits home on all cylinders.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
September 6, 2006
Chris Paine has painted a convincing picture of corporate greed -- working hand in hand with the government.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
August 31, 2006
This doc looks at the possible suspects in the death of the promising electric vehicle: consumers, oil companies, car manufacturers, gov. and even the Hydrogen Fuel Cell car.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
August 25, 2006
The film provides a journalistic service, telling a story that most people in the United States have not heard. It's a fascinating tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 18, 2006
Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, but a car is always more than transportation.
Full Review | Original Score: 82/100
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 13, 2006
... an entertaining but sometimes disingenuous documentary ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
August 11, 2006
In this context, the presence of President Bush -- the Professor Moriarty of the new wave of liberal docs -- is as depressingly predictable as a baby left in a car in August.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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