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Radiant City Reviews

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May 31, 2007
The faux-documentary aspect of Radiant City is a huge gamble that doesn't pay off.
Read More | Original Score: D+
May 29, 2007
[An] enlightening and disturbingly funny critique of North American suburban sprawl.
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
August 1, 2008
a very well crafted and easy to watch movie
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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
September 10, 2006
Radiant City is a fascinating 'thoughtumentary'
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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
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
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 21, 2006
Gary Burns' latest vision of dystopia is an edgy look at exurbia, this time with a documaker's eye.
June 1, 2007
[A] sublimely slippery, slightly surreal and not entirely 'just the facts, ma'am' documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
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