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If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front Reviews

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July 21, 2011
McGowan's views on the environment have taken several turns, but none of them is illustrated in the film, in which he comes off as passive and a little whiny.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 22, 2011
Though it is amusing watching the ring fall apart, "Goodfellas"-style, as the terrorists rat on each other, the film's sense of grievance will be shared by few.
July 28, 2011
The problem is that the heart of the movie is McGowan. He's just not a very compelling figure.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
July 14, 2011
Unless you are a true believer in the tenets of deep ecology, the film may seem more like an apology for the group's dangerous activities.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
June 27, 2011
An informative, if troubling, narrative about the future of the environmental movement.
August 12, 2011
Curry tells a compelling tale about the differences of opinion over what constitutes desperate measures, and how readily we throw around a term like terrorism.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 22, 2011
Considering its incendiary subject, Curry's approach is disarmingly tame; perhaps reframing the debate in less volatile terms is some kind of lukewarm triumph.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 9, 2012
As emotive and far-reaching as the issues involved are, this incisive feature is most potent when capturing Daniel McGowan's life and mind dismantling.
July 15, 2011
Gets a bit bogged down in legal and procedural details during its final 30 minutes but it will, hopefully, open eyes and hearts.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 21, 2011
An intelligent look at civil disobedience and the official criminalization of enviros who take peaceful demonstrations one step further.
July 28, 2011
Although kind to the plights of activists who face hard time for victimless crimes, this film is balanced -- conservatives could easily interpret it as validation of the group's persecution.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 23, 2011
The story of how a muscular anti-logging campaign devolved into sectarian turmoil that shot off radicalized cells like burning cinders is ultimately what drives the film and makes it so rewarding
| Original Score: 3.5/5
June 18, 2011
The doc manages to drive home the notion that, however much one might disagree with ELF's tactics, their point of view holds a lot of truth.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 19, 2011
A compelling documentary that expands a little known chapter in the environmental movement to raise questions about how social protest should be staged, how terrorism should be defined and how civil disobedience should be handled by authorities.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
February 8, 2011
A trenchant examination of radical environmentalism and the implications of domestic terrorism laws.
June 10, 2011
A hard-hitting documentary about the activities of the Earth Liberation Front which has been labeled by the FBI as the nation's Number 1 domestic terrorism threat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 29, 2011
An earnest and even-handed documentary about a naive and whiny mild-mannered thirtysomething ecology activist.
Full Review | Original Score: B
January 26, 2011
A gimlet-eyed glimpse into the roots of terrorism and the politics behind its prosecution.
June 21, 2011
Takes us through reams of fascinating drama, from the first heroic forest-saving protests to the reactive police violence and resulting dead-of-night firebombs to the core group's implosion after the FBI tightens the net.
June 21, 2011
The film's sobriety and carefully balanced arguments make it an exemplary piece of reporting, although its emotional heat rarely rises to a boil.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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