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Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
November 1, 2009
Smith's subject Michael Ruppert never registers as much more than an eloquent but largely untrustworthy quack.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
December 11, 2009
It's only when he starts to weep for the future of a population that won't heed his warnings that Ruppert shows his humanity. It's made him abandon his cause and quit writing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
September 29, 2010
Perhaps he's worth listening to? Well, up to a point.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
November 6, 2009
Collapse is boring. But what do you expect from a one-sided movie about a kook, who, at the time the film was shot, faced eviction from his home because he hadn't paid the rent?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
November 6, 2009
It would have been helpful had Smith put his words into some sort of context, allowing others to assess his theories. Instead there's simply Ruppert, talking, raging and warning, as if his very life depended on it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

Daily Telegraph (UK)
October 2, 2010
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Will Leitch
June 22, 2013
A staggering film about a man convinced he's the only poor son of a gun who gets it ... and how, as he grows to realize he might have actually been right all those years, it destroys him
Full Review | Original Score: A
Tom Seymour
Little White Lies
September 30, 2010
Smith treats Ruppert both as exhibit and patient, and he comes across as an angry yet compassionate man, secure in his convictions but lost in his emotions.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 10, 2009
There is controversy over Ruppert, and he has many critics. But one simple fact at the center of his argument is obviously true, and it terrifies me.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Terry Staunton
Radio Times
September 30, 2010
There are clear parallels with former US vice-president Al Gore's arguments in An Inconvenient Truth, only Smith's film makes less use of showbiz-style graphics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Grierson
The Simon
November 12, 2009
Like with The Fog of War, Collapse is intentionally, deceptively one-dimensional, and it's up to you to fill in the other half of the debate with your own opinions.
Robert Levin
Critic's Notebook
November 7, 2009
A poignant portrait of a man who has indisputably sacrificed all for something bigger than himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Edward Douglas
November 5, 2009
A grim but gripping film that foresees doom and gloom, not just for the economy but for the entire country as a whole; one can decide for themselves whether or not [Michael Ruppert's] claims are valid.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
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Dan Kois
Washington Post
December 11, 2009
Ruppert unexpectedly breaks down, weeping openly for the lost future of humanity, and at that moment I was startled at how bad I felt for him -- and how nervous I was, suddenly, that this contemporary Cassandra might just be right.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?
January 27, 2010
You might disagree with every point made during Collapse but it's unnerving all the same.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nicolas Rapold
Village Voice
November 3, 2009
By faithfully documenting Ruppert's long-simmering analysis, Smith lets us experience the feeling of a world gone to pot, whether or not the claims are factually accurate.
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
June 22, 2010
Take Michael Ruppert with several thousand grains of salt, but take him seriously, at least for 80 minutes. Chris Smith does, and thats what makes Collapse so riveting.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Cole Smithey
November 5, 2009
Chris Smith's fiery and provoking documentary provides a searing platform for police-officer-turned-reporter Michael Ruppert to articulate his gloomy vision and, in his view, doomed fate of the world.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Kofi Outlaw
January 27, 2010
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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