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July 12, 2007
[The filmmakers] try hard, but fail to present the Industrial Revolution, which began in the late 18th century, as something new and terrifying.
Full Review | Original Score: D
July 12, 2007
Without browbeating, hectoring, lecturing or sermonizing, Manufactured Landscapes makes an inelegant point elegantly. The point: Humanity is altering the landscape drastically and by implication irrevocably.
July 10, 2007
"Manufactured Landscapes" is long on heart and short on brains. The result is a technically dazzling film with its heart in the right place. But it's just too thoughtless to become fine art.
June 30, 2007
Once the film gets going, it gets going, and the beauty of 'manufactured landscapes' can be rather profound.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 29, 2007
Manufactured Landscapes is a visual poem, an irony in that it moves slowly while capturing beauty about industrial life which is rarely either.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 25, 2007
The images are striking in their otherworldliness, suggesting science-fiction landscapes as readily as dystopian ruins of the here and now.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 25, 2007
What's remarkable is that [Baichwal's] footage manages to add meaning to the photographs, already so powerful on their own.
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June 22, 2007
A mesmerizing work of visual oncology, a witness to a cancer that's visible only at a distance but entwined with the DNA of everything we buy and everywhere we shop. We are not in charge of this, you may want to reply. If not, who is?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 21, 2007
Doesn't go very far beneath the surface, or ask many provocative questions.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 21, 2007
Yet another 'isn't it a pity' doc, where the damnable inequity of globalization provides an occasion for muted, impotent rage.
Read More | Original Score: B-
June 21, 2007
An extraordinary visual record of change on an unprecedented scale.
June 21, 2007
You won't see anything all year as profoundly scary as Jennifer Baichwal's Manufactured Landscapes, a magisterial tour of the world's most devastating and devastated industrial zones with Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky.
June 20, 2007
As Burtynsky trains his contemplative eye on seismic economic changes in China, Baichwal makes those still pictures come alive.
Full Review | Original Score: A
June 20, 2007
Jennifer Baichwal's important, disquieting documentary offers the strongest reminder since Born Into Brothels that art can serve a crucial, consciousness raising purpose.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 20, 2007
Who said industrial waste couldn't be beautiful?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 20, 2007
Manufactured Landscapes is an absorbing if unsettling documentary about the work of the Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 20, 2007
Nothing illustrates the monstrosity of globalized commerce more vividly than the lateral tracking shot that opens Jennifer Baichwal's mesmerizing documentary Manufactured Landscapes.
June 19, 2007
Some images in 'Manufactured Landscapes' fascinate like the snake, a color beauty mark surrounded by at times unidentifiable ugliness.
June 19, 2007
If you're even remotely interested in China's rich history and how the country has been changing, than this documentary is a must see.
| Original Score: 7.5/10
June 13, 2007
An extraordinary documentary that helps us understand the full sweep and implications of the "Made in China" label.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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