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The End of the Line (2009)



Critic Consensus: A thought-provoking and insightful documentary about the dangers of commercial fishing.

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"The End of the Line" is the first major documentary about the imminent peril facing the world's oceans. Narrated by Ted Danson and based on the book by Charles Clover, the film explores the devastating effect that over-fishing is having on fish stocks and the health of our oceans. Scientists predict that if we continue fishing at the current rate, the planet will completely run out of fish by 2048. More than just a doomsday warning, "The End of the Line:" offers real, practical solutions that are simple and doable, including advocating for controlled fishing of engendered species, protecting networks of marine reserves off-limits to fishing, and educating consumers that they have a choice by purchasing fish from sustainable fisheries.

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Critic Reviews for The End of the Line

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (13)

If the tone is occasionally off-putting, the message -- at least, the facts about the fish -- is harder to shrug off.

Full Review… | August 14, 2009
Washington Post
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With commendable clarity, it lays out the data.

Full Review… | August 7, 2009
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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This movie wants to cover every base without thinking very deeply about them. So while a lot of ground is covered in 80 brisk minutes, the information presented is only abstractly useful.

Full Review… | July 23, 2009
Boston Globe
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It's hard not to feel that the vital information in The End of the Line may have been more effectively relayed by Clover's original book or by a movie whose methods were less pedantic and pedestrian.

Full Review… | July 17, 2009
Toronto Star
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Another day, another film about environmental collapse.

Full Review… | July 17, 2009
Globe and Mail
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The End of the Line documents what threatens to become an irreversible decline in aquatic populations within 40 years.

Full Review… | July 16, 2009
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for The End of the Line


After watching this movie, I'm giving up seafood for Lent ... even though I'm not Catholic. Thankfully this movie provides things we can do now to make a difference. So why don't we?

Ron Sitton
Ron Sitton

Great visuals and music as usual, National Geographic! However, I wish this movie talked more about bycatch. People care more about dead dolphins, sharks, octopi, etc. Not to give fish less credit, because I love them and went veg because of fish, but you have to market what people care about too.

Stephanie Geare
Stephanie Geare

There was once a time when documentaries focused on fresh and interesting subjects. In this era of negativity, most of them now focus on problems and persuading the audience that everything will not be OK. I've seen a ton of these. So really, when The End of the Line tries to convince me I should lose sleep because the blue fin tuna may go extinct, I can't help but not give a crap.

Dodd Alley
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