How To Change The World Reviews

December 12, 2015
How to Change the World is in clear sympathy with the environmental causes Greenpeace champions but its portrait of the organisation is quite spiky and probing.
October 29, 2015
This absorbing account is hardly definitive, but it teaches movement building without denying the high costs paid by true believers.
October 29, 2015
A fascinating, skillfully assembled chronicle of the rise and inevitable fallout surrounding the granddaddy of the environmental activism movement.
October 1, 2015
An inspiring, affecting odyssey about flower children transforming into a "seagoing gang of ecological bikers".
September 25, 2015
Flat-out excellent documentary detailing the origins, evolution and internal squabbling of Greenpeace. Far from propaganda.
September 16, 2015
Rothwell does a great job organising this material. It becomes an epic story, partly because of the clashes of ego between these passionate men.
September 15, 2015
A warts-and-all history of Greenpeace full of colorful characters and beset by twists and surprises. An inspiring, even exhilarating tribute.
September 11, 2015
It's fun and eventful, if hardly revelatory.
September 10, 2015
Jerry Rothwell's punchy film is less concerned with the official Greenpeace narrative than with the often conflicting testimonies of those involved.
September 10, 2015
This spends more time on the tensions between the dominant trio than their landmark campaigning.
September 10, 2015
This is not a political documentary, attempting to sway one's opinion on the success or otherwise of Greenpeace. Rothwell's camera remains neutral, allowing the subjects to tell their story.
September 10, 2015
Even hardened whale-eating oil oligarchs are likely to be charmed by the idealism and smarts of these audacious activists.
September 10, 2015
A compelling and fascinating watch, How To Change The World raises awareness about relevant issues today, while also revealing the brutality of what happens on the oceans and ice when we're not looking.
August 25, 2015
In the end, it's hard to fathom the scale of his accomplishments or the mythic breadth of the story, although this film takes a pretty good whack.
August 7, 2015
Whatever you think of Greenpeace's less well-considered antics over the years, How to Change the World is a compelling story of one environmentalist's remarkable combination of prescience, grit and timing.
August 6, 2015
The documentary explores the clash of egos that can occur when even the best-laid plans start to become bigger than any one man or woman.
August 6, 2015
Almost a "found footage" movie, it makes excellent use of 1,500 archived 16 mm reels supplemented with fresh interviews and some animation.
August 6, 2015
Ultimately, his film is most interesting for the way it places us in the thick of the action at a turning point in the environmental movement.
August 6, 2015
The visionary Greenpeace co-founder may no longer be with us, but his legacy lives on in this powerful film.
January 23, 2015
The goldmine of 16mm color footage, whose propagandic value participants were quite cognizant of at the time, is in mint condition, showing the excitement and fun of the movement in its earliest days.