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Elemental Reviews

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Jamie S. Rich
June 6, 2013
It's not the message that matters here, but how Elemental reveals the positive and negative sides of obsession and the personal toll it takes on true believers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Michael Sauter
Film Journal International
May 17, 2013
Three eco-activists walk it like they talk it, in a documentary that doesn't have to preach or overload us with statistics to get its message across. Meanwhile, its sobering images of despoiled natural resources vividly speak for themselves.
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Inkoo Kang
Village Voice
May 14, 2013
The insightful contrasts within the aggregate picture make up for the film's leisurely pace and lack of narrative propulsion.
Drew Hunt
Slant Magazine
May 13, 2013
More than some run-of-the-mill social-awareness doc, the film pays as much attention to the personal and emotional strife of its subjects as it does to their activism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
May 17, 2013
Inspirational. It finds just the right balance between entertaining the audience and provoking them emotionally and intellectually.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.95/10
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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
May 16, 2013
The filmmakers behind "Elemental" might have done better to commit to a single portrait and been more fearless about avoiding familiar oratory, but small steps are progress too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
May 17, 2013
Portraits of three environmental activists and the challenges they face in trying to change people's mindsets and spur them on to help stem the tide of ecological disaster.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Walter V. Addiego
Hearst Newspapers
June 14, 2013
Elemental stands out from the perpetual flow of eco-documentaries by at least glancing at some of the personal issues and professional setbacks faced by the activists it portrays.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
June 14, 2013
Elemental speaks to the importance of protecting the natural elements: water, air, earth. It's a beautifully filmed piece, even when it's showing us white clouds of pollutants billowing out of a smokestack.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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