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

September 7, 2011
It's tempting to watch If a Tree Falls doc about a scraggly group of ecoterrorists with a chip of skepticism on your shoulder. Yet the film creates a fantastic moral ambivalence.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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
July 28, 2011
Watching it may not change anyone's ideology, but it will force you to see the players as complex people with understandable motivations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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 22, 2011
The gripping documentary If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front offers an intimate look at the radical environmental group.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
June 24, 2011
Despite their efforts to address most sides of this complex story, each new interview leaves us wanting to know even more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
June 22, 2011
This is a sterling example of journalistic documentary, clearer, fairer and more engrossing than any of the sensationalistic newspaper or magazine stories about ELF.
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.
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
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.
February 8, 2011
A trenchant examination of radical environmentalism and the implications of domestic terrorism laws.
January 26, 2011
A gimlet-eyed glimpse into the roots of terrorism and the politics behind its prosecution.