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Darwin Reviews

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Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine
August 13, 2011
The documentary ultimately doesn't so much flesh out its subjects as slowly tear their Band-Aids off after some administering some putatively good-natured noogies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Toronto Star
August 24, 2012
A dull place doesn't automatically become worthy of scrutiny when a camera lens is aimed at it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
August 18, 2011
Illuminating...To its credit, the documentary never leads viewers to laugh at the (eccentric) subjects' expense.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
October 17, 2011
this alien landscape, shot wide by the Swiss filmmaker with an outsider's eye for the dustily hyperreal, is teeming with strange life and even stranger stories.
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
August 11, 2011
A droll and dusty portrait of a place where privacy is prized and boundaries respected.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Adam Nayman
Globe and Mail
August 24, 2012
Depending on how you look at it, Darwin is either an affirmative record of proud outliers getting by on true grit or a grim snapshot of a community on its last, buckling legs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
August 15, 2011
Atmospheric documentary set in Death Valley is surprisingly captivating.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
August 19, 2011
"Darwin" is a beautiful, elegiac work with unexpected impact and meaning.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Cynthia Fuchs
September 8, 2011
As Darwin shows again and again, not talking can be its own form of storytelling.

October 18, 2011
Refusing to patronise the participants of his film, Brandestini's use of a chilling score, beautiful photography and a keen sense of balance makes Darwin a fascinating and charming film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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