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Manufactured Landscapes Reviews

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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
Prairie Miller
WBAI Web Radio
May 20, 2007
There's a huge difference between conveying the numbing, dehumanizing and mindlessly repetitive nature of factory drudgery in a movie, and subjecting your audience to the same by involving them visually in that unbearable tedium.
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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.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 12, 2007
A film in search of a subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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
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John Anderson
June 21, 2007
Doesn't go very far beneath the surface, or ask many provocative questions.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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
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
Shlomo Schwartzberg
Boxoffice Magazine
January 25, 2007
A feature film demands more depth and imagination, both of which are largely lacking in this superficial offering.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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-
Edward Douglas
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
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
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.
Kam Williams
Denver Urban Spectrum
June 10, 2007
A powerful picture primarily because it never proselytizes but simple allows its visually-overwhelmed audience to draw its own conclusions about the unconsidered downside of living beyond our ecological means.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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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.
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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
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 6, 2007
Each of Burtynsky's subjects is impressive in its scale, but terrifying in its ecological impact.
Harry Chotiner
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.
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
Matt Pais
July 26, 2007
Pulls real, enigmatic beauty out of the artificial.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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