Revenge of the Electric Car - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Revenge of the Electric Car Reviews

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Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
July 22, 2012
It's a slick and reassuring follow-up, if a naggingly superficial one...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Observer (UK)
July 22, 2012
It's an unexciting story, told in an excited manner...
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
July 19, 2012
A surprisingly optimistic progress report.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Alex Zane
The Sun (UK)
July 19, 2012
Following up his 2006's Who Killed The Electric Car, film-maker Chris Paine has a more difficult task here.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
July 19, 2012
Does Paine owe capitalism an apology? The market for electric cars was there, after all, and electric cars finally came along.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
July 19, 2012
I await the next, more adjusting swing of the roundabout for Paine and volt-powered automotion: perhaps, The Electric Car Settles into a Median State Equidistant Between Success and Failure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
July 17, 2012
The techie stuff is light and the mood mostly optimistic, which makes for a slightly bland experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Miles Fielder
The List
July 16, 2012
Here's a rarity: an environmentally themed documentary that's got a positive story to tell.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
July 15, 2012
There were high hopes of a warts-and-all follow-up to Paine's first film exposing the big guns of automotive, but it hasn't materialised.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Simon Kinnear
Total Film
July 9, 2012
The resulting puff-piece is a warning to crusading filmmakers about what happens after they've beaten the system.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Christopher Long
Movie Metropolis
February 3, 2012
This is more superficial rah-rah than investigation. I'm sure it serves its ideological purpose, but as a documentary, it's uninspired.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Calvin Wilson
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 23, 2011
"Revenge of the Electric Car" lacks the urgency of "Who Killed the Electric Car?" But Paine's thorough knowledge of his subject, and engaging way with an interview, make the follow-up film a fun ride.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 17, 2011
As filmmaking goes, Paine's follow-up is a dud.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 14, 2011
If you thought you'd never mist up at a nonfiction movie about plug-in autos, you're in for a surprise. This is a surprisingly emotional trip, and a very enjoyable one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
November 10, 2011
I doubt "Revenge of the Electric Car" will change any minds, but I could see it shifting them slightly, and that's not nothing.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
November 10, 2011
Once a muckraker, Paine now acts mostly as a cheerleader, and his slick new movie trades heavily in the sort of flattering CEO profiles that grace the covers of business magazines.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 10, 2011
The first film was charged with drama. "Revenge" is somewhat anticlimactically charged with a wall plug.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
November 7, 2011
Endlessly fascinating for car nuts.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
November 3, 2011
The movie is interesting now and, given its subject, should even be more interesting in about a hundred years. Stick around.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 3, 2011
More hopeful but also more complex and lacking the focused urgency of the original.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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