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Who Killed the Electric Car? Reviews

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Rob Nelson
Village Voice
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Another few of these squandered opportunities for art-house muckraking and we'll need someone to ask who killed the left-wing documentary.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

August 27, 2009
Cole Smithey

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 Source: | Original Score: A-

April 23, 2009
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 21, 2008
Christopher Campbell

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 Source: Cinematical | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 17, 2007
Kam Williams
Upstage Magazine

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 Source: Upstage Magazine | Original Score: 4/4

June 1, 2007
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

It goes far beyond electric cars to illustrate how big business controls government actions and policies at all levels with damaging results.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: B

March 30, 2007
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International

This rich and absorbing documentary also functions as mystery and exposť.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

March 1, 2007
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan

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.

Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan

December 30, 2006
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Urban Cinefile

On the other hand, the activists are a little twee to deliver any serious drama

Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile

November 10, 2006
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Filmmaker Chris Paine's postmortem on the EV1s doesn't answer all our questions, but it is reasonably evenhanded and quite entertaining.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune

October 30, 2006
Andrew O'Hehir
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It's liable to get people hopping mad, whether or not they buy Paine's overarching conspiracy theory.

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October 7, 2006
Brent Simon
Now Playing Magazine

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 Source: Now Playing Magazine | Original Score: A

September 17, 2006
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

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 Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI) | Original Score: 3.5/4

September 14, 2006
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Hits home on all cylinders.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B

September 13, 2006
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Chris Paine has painted a convincing picture of corporate greed -- working hand in hand with the government.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 4/5

September 6, 2006
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card

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 Source: Hollywood Report Card | Original Score: 3/4

August 31, 2006
John Wirt
Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)

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 Source: Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA) | Original Score: 8/10

August 25, 2006
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, but a car is always more than transportation.

Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Original Score: 82/100

August 18, 2006
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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... an entertaining but sometimes disingenuous documentary ...

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 3/5

August 13, 2006
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

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

August 11, 2006
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