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Manufactured Landscapes Reviews

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
February 28, 2008
There is nothing wrong with Baichwal's camerawork, with a fascinating opening eight-minute shot of it roaming across a Chinese factory floor, particularly stunning - but everything lacks depth.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
December 28, 2007
Burtynsky's awe-inspiring work ultimately speaks for itself.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 6, 2007
Each of Burtynsky's subjects is impressive in its scale, but terrifying in its ecological impact.
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Marta Barber
Miami Herald
October 19, 2007
What the film does well is to make us part of the problem: After all we demand the lowest prices in everything we buy and that probably means it was made in China.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 12, 2007
A film in search of a subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Marc Mohan
September 7, 2007
Burtynsky avoids any political content to his work, but it's hard not to feel anxious and sad at the spectacle of the rapid industrialization and urbanization of the world's most populous nation.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Josh Rosenblatt
Austin Chronicle
September 7, 2007
My first question: What kind of nefarious events had to occur so that I could purchase the computer with which I write this review?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
August 20, 2007
Like Burtynsky's pictures, captures images that are at once awesome, humbling, and rather terrifying.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
August 18, 2007
I got the streamlined version of a minimalist modern art piece, when what I wanted was an old-fashioned documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
August 16, 2007
Documentarian Jennifer Baichwal's film finds a way to comment on ecological and environmental destruction without bludgeoning audiences with heavy-handed messages. There is a mesmerizing quality to the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
August 11, 2007
Burtynsky's photos are stunning (some of his images of dumps resemble Jackson Pollack's drip art), but what's most interesting about Landscapes is the tension between his work and the filmmaking.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 9, 2007
Canadian fine art photographer Edward Burtynsky shoots the recycling dumps, superfactories, vast quarries and shipyards, capturing visual beauty in the ecological devastation.
| Original Score: 3/4
Beth Accomando
August 3, 2007
Baichwal just tries to create a cinematic equivalent of Burtynsky's still images rather than a documentary on the artistic process of Burtynsky himself. So the end result is a film that would be better as a coffee table book.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
July 27, 2007
Feels constrained and rather dutiful, no matter how passionate these people are about what they're observing.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
July 27, 2007
Burtynsky calls for "a whole new way of thinking" about the world's economy and ecology, though he never says what's wrong with the old way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
July 27, 2007
The movie works best traveling from the eye straight to the conscience.
Matt Pais
July 26, 2007
Pulls real, enigmatic beauty out of the artificial.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
July 25, 2007
never stoops to easy scape-goating, nor to pat, politically correct answers. It is as engaging, as maddeningly thought-provoking, as it is beautiful
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Kenneth Baker
San Francisco Chronicle
July 20, 2007
Again and again, Baichwal tapers passages of her film toward resolution in the form of a finished picture by Burtynsky, telescoping her vision and his.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
July 13, 2007
Opens with [an] extended moment: a 10-minute-long tracking shot of workers, rows and rows and rows of them, putting in their hours at a Chinese factory. It's an epic touch and reason enough to see this movie in a theater with a large screen.
| Original Score: 3/4
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