Earth Days (2009)



Critic Consensus: This engaging and well-organized eco-doc maps the successes and failures of the American environmental movement, thanks to sharp interviews and remarkable archive footage.

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The history of our environmental undoing through the eyes of nine Americans whose work and actions launched the modern environmental movement.
Documentary , Special Interest
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All Critics (31) | Top Critics (15)

If you're feeling nostalgic for a time when the environmental movement was something everyone embraced, Robert Stone's Earth Days is bound to comfort -- and alarm.

December 10, 2009
Seattle Times
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Honoring the heroes of the environmental movement is clearly appropriate, but getting mired in nostalgia is a dirty shame.

October 29, 2009
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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Yes, the future still looks grim and whales are hunted here as they are in all such films, but Stone spends most of his time tracking something positive -- the birth of the environmental movement in the '60s and '70s.

Full Review… | October 23, 2009
Detroit News
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Earth Days captures those years when through sheer relentlessness, activists broke through to the public and put the mounting disaster at its doorstep.

Full Review… | October 8, 2009
Boston Globe
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A surprisingly engaging ecodocumentary about the history of the American environmental movement from the Depression era up to the present.

Full Review… | September 17, 2009
Christian Science Monitor
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These people, including Whole Earth catalog editor Stewart Brand and 87-year-old former Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall, are smart and interesting folks who are worth listening to.

Full Review… | August 21, 2009
Los Angeles Times
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Audience Reviews for Earth Days

I used to think documentaries were boring, three-hour torturous snoozefests. This movie changed my perspective.

Brody Hall
Brody Hall

Mostly a celebration of the past successes of the environmental movement from the perspective of old, white, mostly male activists. It is educational if you do not know the basics of the movement, but it is uncritical of the movement in general, neglects to mention factionalism with other parts of the social movements in the 60s & 70s, and in particular neglects to mention the Environmental Justice movement or critiques that the movement remains too white and too upper middle class.

Louis Esparza
Louis Esparza

The missing 20% on the rating depends on how we act after we recognized the issues that facing all human being and the ecosystem. Please, check your local PBS station for the showing schedule of this eye-opening documentary on your TV.

Steven Gunawan
Steven Gunawan

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