Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea Reviews

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June 4, 2020
Plagues & Pleasures does a great job of presenting both the place and its problems, its delights and its curiosities.
December 19, 2019
Plagues and Pleasures has a different style for a reason: It's a movie about the environment that isn't content with the good-bad dynamic of your average gloomy enviropic.
December 13, 2019
John Waters' dry narration suits the surreal, comic material.
August 23, 2017
Plagues & Pleasures is more than a cautionary tale about the dangers of messing with nature. It's about the rise and fall of a place, a classic story: think Camelot, or Rome, or maybe even planet Earth.
September 13, 2009
Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea is funny and compassionate, but it shows us a future that could befall any American community that suddenly becomes economically unsound, or politically inconvenient.
September 13, 2009
Narrated by John Waters, Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea is an odd bird -- wacky and poignant, funny and sobering, but this portrait of a forgotten paradise is a must-see.
September 13, 2009
While the doc flounders as a coherent story of human folly, it's a cheeky travelmercial guaranteed to get the curious to make the road trip to this near-abandoned resort.
January 18, 2008
a one-off kinda film that is worth seeing for its sheer jaw-drop factor
December 6, 2007
It makes for a strange, but somewhat endearing, melange of the grim and comic.
November 30, 2007
[A] thoroughly engrossing documentary.
November 29, 2007
The movie is engaging for the way it documents the rise and fall of a semi-natural landmark, and especially for the way it shows how people still come to California to remake themselves.
November 28, 2007
Funny, tragic, and informative Plagues & Pleasures on the Salton Sea is an unforgettable portrait of a desert town turned into a sewer.
November 28, 2007
Plagues and Pleasures on the Salton Sea is an engaging, entertaining snapshot of a long, tragicomic moment in American history.
November 14, 2007
Plagues and Pleasures is the best kind of short vacation; you get to lounge with some interesting people, plus you get to learn a little something about the local environment and what can be done to keep it going.
November 5, 2007
Because of Metzler and Springer's appetite for raw experience, what could have been a depressing horror movie is wildly funny and enraging. It's the rare documentary with something for everyone.
November 4, 2007
The documentary is informative and entertaining and gives you both sides of the great debate. You may not want to take a vacation to the Salton Sea, but you'll enjoy the visit there.
October 29, 2007
Chris Metzler and Jeff Springer's 'sea-umentary' is a compelling tale of human foible, greed and inertia.
October 26, 2007
Plagues and Pleasures is simultaneously fun and creepy, best appreciated by those who enjoy similar profiles of Detroit's crumbling grandeur.
October 8, 2007
Plagues and Pleasures of the Salton Sea can best be described as An Inconvenient Truth with a stronger sense of humor, a keen sense of the cost of neglect and with a cast of characters who'd make the residents of Twin Peaks seem mundane.
October 3, 2007
If Divine were still alive today, he-she might well be wintering on the edge of The Salton Sea.
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