Who Killed the Electric Car? Reviews

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Top Critic
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
August 10, 2006
An entertaining if slightly skewed documentary about the short life and early death of General Motors' EV1.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Steve Schneider
Orlando Weekly
August 10, 2006
... just about a perfect doc, railing authoritatively against a disgraceful chapter in the annals of American business.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
August 9, 2006
If there's any doubt left (and why would there be?) that the bald eagle should be replaced by the gas pump as the symbol of the United States, this movie closes the lid on that case.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Geoffrey Macnab
Guardian
August 5, 2006
If Chris Paine's film were half as well designed as General Motors' super-sleek, super-quick EV1 (the electric car whose demise it laments), it would be a film to cherish.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
August 4, 2006
If An Inconvenient Truth made you curious and concerned; Who Killed the Electric Car? will make you angry.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
August 4, 2006
Paine may not exactly be objective, but he is thorough and persuasive.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
August 4, 2006
Insightful, informative and, as far as I can tell, scrupulously fair.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
August 4, 2006
The good intentions are there and the film is expertly structured. It's just that it's hard to get that excited about batteries.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sam Toy
Empire Magazine
August 4, 2006
A story that deserves to be heard, but like the EV1, it's a quiet achievement that should have been much louder.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Jessica Winter
Time Out
August 3, 2006
Paine is preaching to the choir, but the sermon should be heard nonetheless.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
July 28, 2006
The film's clear and informative exploration of the collusion between the private sector and government agencies, along with the auto giants' wielding of their financial power to sway legislature, can't help but raise the viewer's ire.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
July 27, 2006
Naturally appealing to environmentalists and techno motorheads, this film's story also unfolds like a good murder mystery, broadening its scope into areas such as grassroots organizing, corporate conspiracies, and governmental interference.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Elliott
San Diego Union-Tribune
July 21, 2006
Paine makes a sturdy if not airtight case that the EV-1 was done in by GM, gutless politicians, fear of change (plus ignorance) and the Bush regime lashed to Big Oil.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 21, 2006
A documentary as efficient and zippy as its subject.
| Original Score: 3/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
July 21, 2006
Tries to fathom why GM created and nurtured a terrific battery-powered car, then strangled its own baby in its crib.
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
July 21, 2006
A little preachy and a little dry, the film nevertheless manages to prick your interest and your conscience -- and to raise your ire toward the folks who created this wondrous technology and then obliterated it.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2006
It posits a necessary question in these days of ever-burgeoning oil prices and ever-shrinking supply, and it offers distressing insights into the corporate American mindset.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
July 20, 2006
A lot of the film is illuminating; a lot of it is pointless.
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
July 18, 2006
Want to hear a dirty story about a clean car? If you need another reason to distrust the U.S. automobile and oil industries, director Chris Paine's expose should give you a jolt.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Angela Baldassarre
Sympatico.ca
July 17, 2006
The American dream had become a reality in the electric car, now that's gone forever. How insane is that?
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