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Radiant City Reviews

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Louis Proyect
January 23, 2009
A sardonic look at suburban sprawl in Calgary. With its wry surrealistic touches, this is a movie that makes you smile while it makes you think. Highly recommended
Christopher Null
August 1, 2008
a very well crafted and easy to watch movie
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
July 6, 2007
Author James Howard Kunstler says the suburban landscape is "brutal" and "soul-draining," and it's hard to argue when the filmmakers show him sitting in a bike path "rest area," a little bench behind a chain-link fence with a view of the freeway.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kam Williams
June 7, 2007
Irrefutable evidence that post modern suburbia is an unmitigated disaster which can't deliver on its seductive promise to deliver the good life to refugees from the big city.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 1, 2007
[A] sublimely slippery, slightly surreal and not entirely 'just the facts, ma'am' documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
May 31, 2007
The faux-documentary aspect of Radiant City is a huge gamble that doesn't pay off.
| Original Score: D+
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
May 30, 2007
Suburban sprawl takes a well-deserved hit in Radiant City, a documentary by Canadian filmmaker Gary Burns and journalist Jim Brown.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times
May 30, 2007
Blending documentary elements and some dramatic material, Radiant City is an acerbic position paper on the cultural damage done by postwar architectural fads.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
May 29, 2007
[An] enlightening and disturbingly funny critique of North American suburban sprawl.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
March 31, 2007
Radiant City is a movie about communities that offer everything prospective citizens might want or need, save this: a human reason to live there.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kevin Williamson
Jam! Movies
March 30, 2007
It acknowledges the lure of urban sprawl is as every bit as phony yet intoxicating as the tug of cinema itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Ken Eisner
Georgia Straight
October 21, 2006
Gary Burns' latest vision of dystopia is an edgy look at exurbia, this time with a documaker's eye.
S. James Wegg
Film Threat
September 23, 2006
The pundits bring their considerable expertise to bear on out-of-control development that's on a reckless course of urban/ suburban destruction.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
September 23, 2006
Although this National Film Board-produced film is promoted as a documentary, it's really a combination of essay and drama about that favourite bugbear, suburbia.
| Original Score: 3/4
September 10, 2006
Radiant City is a fascinating 'thoughtumentary'
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
September 7, 2006
...successful as both a documentary on the suburbs and an intimate look at the ups and downs of an admittedly quirky nuclear family.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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