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Last Call at the Oasis Reviews

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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
May 25, 2012
It's one of the best in a recent array of cinematic docs looking at such hot topics as oil, water, food production, climate change, the economy and telling us, as scientist Jay Famiglietti so succinctly puts it in Yu's film, "We're screwed."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
May 24, 2012
Be assured, this thorough doc with its gorgeous opening sequence will sear a central message into your brain: think before you drink.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
May 11, 2012
"Last Call at the Oasis" represents nonfiction filmmaking at its most urgent, timely and stylistically smooth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Biancolli
San Francisco Chronicle
May 10, 2012
One can argue the movie's finer points, but in the end, there's no escaping its creeping pile-up of evidence that Mother Earth is critically dehydrated - and we need to do something, fast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
May 4, 2012
Yu ends on a mildly optimistic note, but it's hard not to walk away convinced we're all in for a rather severe dry spell.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
May 3, 2012
Ms. Yu, who has directed scripted television episodes as well as documentaries, wraps a lot of bad news into a slick, informative, fast-moving package.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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May 3, 2012
[It] may be slick enough to reach people who aren't already familiar with such substances as "new water," atrazine and hexavalent chromium.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
May 3, 2012
It may not all flow smoothly, but it often provokes a reaction similar to that of Jack Black, who's briefly seen doing a commercial and whose eyebrows dance a salsa when told what's been purified out of the product he's endorsing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Sam Adams
AV Club
May 3, 2012
It's true that Americans contribute disproportionately to the problem, but catering to the idea that we're separate from the rest of the world isn't part of the solution.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
May 1, 2012
Last Call at the Oasis would have benefited from a voice or two of skepticism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michelle Orange
Village Voice
May 1, 2012
A many-lensed look at the coming water-supply crisis.
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John Anderson
Variety
February 23, 2012
Whether the glass is half full or half empty isn't the point of the effervescent Last Call at the Oasis: It's whether there'll be anything in the glass at all.