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Petropolis: Aerial Perspectives on the Alberta Tar Sands Reviews

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Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
May 20, 2010
Peter Mettler, its director, is trying to show how the second largest oil reserve in the world, which emits more CO2 each day than all the vehicles in Canada, has despoiled a track of the boreal forest as big as England.
| Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
May 20, 2010
Sumptuous cinematography gives this documentary an artistic feel that makes it almost hypnotic as mainly aerial cameras explore the world's second biggest oil reserve. But even with minimal text, it still makes its point with elegant simplicity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kevin Harley
Total Film
May 20, 2010
Little narration is needed: sweeping shots of the truly overwhelming natural terrain are as awesome as anything in Avatar.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Cath Clarke
May 14, 2010
This timely oil industry documentary from Greenpeace is only 43 minutes long, but stunning, fugue-like aerial photography justifies its cinema release.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
May 13, 2010
Peeled-back forests; outflow lakes black with bitumen; valleys eczema'd by excavation; it is at once scary, nightmarish and oddly beautiful.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kevin Williamson
Jam! Movies
January 22, 2010
In this case, for audiences - staggered and shamed by the epic size of it -- a picture is worth 1,000 Greenpeace protesters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
January 22, 2010
The film's power is the contemplative space crafted by Mettler and his collaborators.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Grant Rollings
The Sun (UK)
May 13, 2010
Unfortunately, the pictures have the same effect as the coffee table book The Earth From The Air in which even sewerage treatment plants form fascinating patterns when viewed from on high.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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