The End of the Line Reviews

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
August 14, 2009
If the tone is occasionally off-putting, the message -- at least, the facts about the fish -- is harder to shrug off.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 7, 2009
With commendable clarity, it lays out the data.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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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
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
July 17, 2009
Another day, another film about environmental collapse.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 2, 2009
The End of the Line, an eco-mentary that warns against overfishing, baits its hook with alarmist rhetoric and aversion therapy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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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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.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
June 19, 2009
The End of the Line is an apocalyptic documentary that is as beautiful as it is damning.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
June 17, 2009
This passionate ecological documentary, The End of the Line, spells out the problem in clear, urgent, prosaic terms.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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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
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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.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 12, 2009
The poignant facts and figures are offered by a host of likeable marine scientists, local fishermen and activists.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5