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The End of the Line Reviews

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Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
July 13, 2009
As if we didn't already have enough signs of the impending apocalypse with which to contend.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine
June 14, 2009
As if we didn't already have enough signs of the impending apocalypse with which to contend.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Matthew Nestel
Boxoffice Magazine
June 22, 2009
The exercise feels mass-produced and makes you think some books shouldn't be adapted unless given a new and fervent second wind.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Edward Porter
Times (UK)
June 16, 2009
Sobering stuff, but presented with no more flair than a television news item.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
July 23, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2/4
Jason Solomons
Observer (UK)
June 16, 2009
Too long with Ted Danson telling me how bad things are at sea resulted in my buying a nice piece of halibut for dinner that night.
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
June 19, 2009
Except for lush underwater shots, the movie is dry and preachy. And it would not have hurt to give the other side a chance to respond.
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International
June 18, 2009
Sundance-screened documentary about the global depletion of fish stocks takes a premise both valid and shocking and delivers the bad news as a bombastic harangue.
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Jason Anderson
Toronto Star
July 17, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4

Little White Lies
June 12, 2009
Some important questions are raised, but ultimately the insubstantiality of the film's arguments nags.
| Original Score: 2/5
Narelle Towie
Sunday Times (Australia)
May 17, 2010
This is a documentary that will change the way you think about seafood and give you the power of knowledge to make a change.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 16, 2009
The End of the Line documents what threatens to become an irreversible decline in aquatic populations within 40 years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Simon Foster
sbs.com.au
May 14, 2010
Revelations about the tonnes of wasted sealife caught and discarded annually and the destructive effects of practices such as bottom-trawling, are head-spinning in their immensity.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Aaron Hillis
Village Voice
June 16, 2009
The End of the Line is a free-form splash of jaw-dropping graphs, impressively accredited talking heads, and sumptuously shot portraits of natural beauty and decay, overdramatically scored to symphonic and other intense musical attacks.
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
June 20, 2009
An illuminating, provocative and important wake-up call for everyone young and old.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.0/10
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 7, 2009
A gorgeously filmed cautionary tale about how industrial fishing is depriving little guys of their livelihood and depleting the once-vast supply.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Annette Basile
FILMINK (Australia)
May 12, 2010
It's compelling viewing, and outlines the problem -- and the solution -- in minute detail.
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Nicolas Rapold
Time Out
June 17, 2009
Through graph-wielding scientists, picturesque seascapes and Ted Danson's voiceover, director Rupert Murray lays out the facts about the ongoing decimation of world fishing stocks, which could mean the end of tuna as we know it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Margaret Pomeranz
At the Movies (Australia)
May 12, 2010
There are an irritating number of fish and ocean montages with plaintive music which makes the film longer than it need be, but there's no denying the impact of its content.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Leigh Paatsch
Courier Mail (Australia)
May 6, 2010
Forget 2012. 2012. According to The End of the Line, the year right-minded folk should be dreading is 2048.
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Nathan Lee
New York Times
June 19, 2009
This vital, if rhetorically clumsy, film by Rupert Murray subverts our ancient faith in the ocean as an inexhaustible resource.
| Original Score: 3/5
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