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Johnstown Flood Reviews

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February 20, 2006
Mark Bussler's Johnstown Flood is an excellent documentary about one of the worst tragedies to occur in America during the 1800s.
Full Review | Original Score: A
November 5, 2003
Bussler understands the purpose of telling this story in documentary form, but it's the facts themselves that should be driving the storytelling, not the other way around.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 22, 2003
Johnstown Flood has its weaknesses (the firsthand accounts weren't written to be recited like dialogue), but it still does a fine job of explaining why the impact of May 31, 1889 remains with us.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
September 28, 2003
Story is king - if the budgetary limits are a little too obvious, we must smile and forgive, because the writing & research is excellent.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 11, 2003
Feels less like a dry History lesson than like a '50s disaster flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
August 7, 2003
Dreyfuss' voice is like a weasel rubbed against a blackboard.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
July 24, 2003
It brings to life the tragic event.
Full Review | Original Score: B
July 24, 2003
Johnstown Flood is the kind of movie I wouldn't have minded watching in school. It concurrently educates and entertains. While it's not perfect, it's still a worthy introduction to an American tragedy.
June 30, 2003
The gold standard for this kind of documentary is set by filmmaker Ken Burns. "Johnstown Flood" doesn't rise to that level, but it is an informative historical tale.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
September 24, 2005
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July 31, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
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