SlingShot

2014, Biography/Documentary, 1h 33m

8 Reviews 100+ Ratings

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Inventor Dean Kamen creates a water-purification system and spends more than 15 years trying to distribute the machine to countries worldwide.

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Critic Reviews for SlingShot

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (4) | Rotten (4)

  • Lazarus' film might not be all that engaging as a piece of cinema, but it's a worthy examination of a classic scientist trying to make strides for the human race while living in a post-modern world that doesn't always care.

    August 11, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Director Paul Lazarus devotes much of the running time to constructing Kamen's cult of personality. He's variously shown to be a Steve Jobs-type visionary, a Bill Gates-type philanthropist and a John du Pont-type eccentric.

    July 16, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Accounts of Mr. Kamen's other good works - like founding a charity to teach children about science - only increase the sense of a glorified sales pitch, however noble or inspiring the cause.

    July 9, 2015 | Full Review…
  • This is fascinating, but the story demands journalism rather than hagiography.

    July 7, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Drinkable water will turn toxic in the near future, globally. Genius inventor of the Segway builds a water purifier like nothing you've seen before. 'Slingshot' brings hope.

    May 27, 2016 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The doc is much more than a description of a new technology -- it's an examination of why science is not more highly valued in our society.

    August 14, 2015 | Rating: 3.75/5 | Full Review…
  • Lazarus' film might not be all that engaging as a piece of cinema, but it's a worthy examination of a classic scientist trying to make strides for the human race while living in a post-modern world that doesn't always care.

    August 11, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Director Paul Lazarus devotes much of the running time to constructing Kamen's cult of personality. He's variously shown to be a Steve Jobs-type visionary, a Bill Gates-type philanthropist and a John du Pont-type eccentric.

    July 16, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Accounts of Mr. Kamen's other good works - like founding a charity to teach children about science - only increase the sense of a glorified sales pitch, however noble or inspiring the cause.

    July 9, 2015 | Full Review…
  • This is fascinating, but the story demands journalism rather than hagiography.

    July 7, 2015 | Full Review…
  • Drinkable water will turn toxic in the near future, globally. Genius inventor of the Segway builds a water purifier like nothing you've seen before. 'Slingshot' brings hope.

    May 27, 2016 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The doc is much more than a description of a new technology -- it's an examination of why science is not more highly valued in our society.

    August 14, 2015 | Rating: 3.75/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for SlingShot

  • Apr 07, 2016
    I'm surprised to see the hate-on by the critics. I thought it was fascinating to see how a society changing invention can get hung up due to lack of responsibility that anyone will take for its distribution, in this case the ability to purify water.
    John B Super Reviewer

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