Darwin's Nightmare (2005) - Rotten Tomatoes

Darwin's Nightmare (2005)



Critic Consensus: This eye-opening documentary brings some of the shocking effects of globalization to light.

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This film exams the ever-increasing strife between locals, suffering from the ravages of war in Africa, and those profiting from local fishing industries. The dusky blue waters of Lake Victoria stretch lazily across the Tanzanian plains, but beneath the placid surface, a massacre has taken place. In the 1960s, the Nile perch, an enormous variant of the American variety, was experimentally introduced into the lake and has wiped out practically all other life. Disastrous for local communities, the situation is a bonanza for the multinational factories that process and ship tons of perch abroad. Thus does globalization feed its lucrative foreign markets while the locals starve to death.
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Critic Reviews for Darwin's Nightmare

All Critics (53) | Top Critics (23)

The movie prefers to show snippets of life and let the audience make the connections. Many of these scenes prove memorable.

Full Review… | March 31, 2006
Detroit Free Press
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If Sauper is fired up by anti-globalist conviction, his instincts as an artist and as a man rule out any kind of rhetoric or cheapness.

February 28, 2006
New Yorker
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The words Being poor is like being old are scrawled on the door of a shack; like this movie, it's a howl waiting to be heard.

February 24, 2006
Seattle Times
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Darwin's Nightmare is an urgent, horrific, yet at times oddly blinkered vision of the crisis of modern Africa.

Full Review… | February 15, 2006
Entertainment Weekly
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In unflinching terms, it captures the hellish existence endured by the many so that the few may wallow in privilege.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
L.A. Weekly
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It immerses you in its reality one toe at a time, until suddenly you are in over your head, gasping for air as the horror of the situation reveals itself in all its savage devastation.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Los Angeles Times
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Audience Reviews for Darwin's Nightmare


The biggest strength and weakness of this movie was the lack of explanatory narration. He throws you right in there and really lets the characters tell you the story. Some shots were pure genius. I thought it was a great film that shows yet another example of wealthy nations exploiting the poor in every possible way in the situation.

Dimity  Palazzola
Dimity Palazzola

Shocking, disturbing, heartbreaking documentary about biological, economic and social de-evolution in Tanzania.

Aaron Anderson
Aaron Anderson

I remember seeing the large aquarium at the Toronto Zoo showing all the fish species that call Lake Victoria home. It is a large lake but a fragile one and this film points out how war and poverty often provide mankind with no choice but to introduce destructive species into ecosystems.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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