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Manufactured Landscapes Reviews

November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A
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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
July 27, 2007
Feels constrained and rather dutiful, no matter how passionate these people are about what they're observing.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
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
July 27, 2007
The movie works best traveling from the eye straight to the conscience.
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
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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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.
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
Top Critic
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
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.
January 20, 2007
A profound, open-ended meditation on man's physical impact on his environment.
September 29, 2006
A work that is every bit as cogent, innovative and profoundly unsettling as its subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 29, 2006
Yes, this film can actually broaden Burtynsky's work, underlining the power of the photographs by revealing more of the subject.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 18, 2006
A highly unusual viewing experience that stimulates the senses and the conscience simultaneously.