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

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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.
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
As someone who has been sharply critical of ELF tactics in the past, I found myself deeply engaged with the activists featured in this remarkably intelligent and complex documentary.
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.
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.
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.
May 14, 2011
It's a powerful tale; one guaranteed to generate heated discussions and with spirited debate solid box office often follows.
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.
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