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Bill White
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
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
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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.
Harry Chotiner
culturevulture.net
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.
Eric Lurio
Entertainment Insiders
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
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Karen Heller
Philadelphia Inquirer
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
Bryant Frazer
Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
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+
Katey Rich
Film Journal International
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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Boston Globe
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
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John Anderson
Newsday
June 21, 2007
Doesn't go very far beneath the surface, or ask many provocative questions.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
June 21, 2007
Yet another 'isn't it a pity' doc, where the damnable inequity of globalization provides an occasion for muted, impotent rage.
| Original Score: B-
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New York Magazine/Vulture
June 21, 2007
An extraordinary visual record of change on an unprecedented scale.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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.
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Entertainment Weekly
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
Ken Fox
TV Guide
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
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
June 20, 2007
Who said industrial waste couldn't be beautiful?
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
June 20, 2007
Manufactured Landscapes is an absorbing if unsettling documentary about the work of the Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Jim Ridley
Village Voice
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.
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
June 19, 2007
Some images in 'Manufactured Landscapes' fascinate like the snake, a color beauty mark surrounded by at times unidentifiable ugliness.
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
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
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
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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