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January 28, 2013
Persuasively argued in places, the film never really gets beyond the surface. That, however, may also be the point.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Witney Seibold
CraveOnline
August 25, 2012
But this is not a film interested in partisan finger-wagging, nor is it looking to place blame directly on one specific group or another (despite some pretty heavy glances toward [some] politicians). No. "Surviving Progress" is more philosophical.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 8, 2012
These are critically important issues, but it needs a sharper point to get through thick skulls, and even evolved humans who are tired of the treadmill of progress might ask: What else is new?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Sarah Boslaugh
PopMatters
June 7, 2012
Instead of providing anything in the way of new ideas or even in-depth treatment of old ideas, Surviving Progress is content to be the world's longest book trailer.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
May 17, 2012
A slick jeremiad, "Surviving Progress" is expertly made (it's far from tedious) but intellectually muddled.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 17, 2012
[A] remarkably cogent, albeit remarkably alarming, film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Gerald Peary
Boston Phoenix
May 17, 2012
One of those annoying runaway films in which every on-camera point is an excuse to cut to gratuitous, expensive images.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
May 12, 2012
Debates will be inevitable after viewing this with a friend. But after about halfway through, the movie repeats itself. I was getting bored when scientist after scientist was saying the same thing over and over again
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 10, 2012
Unlike many current documentaries, it offers a fresh take on familiar issues.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 10, 2012
They shy away from proposing solutions, and the filmmakers capture humanizing clashes that illustrate the challenges of finding a balance that serves all parties.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
May 4, 2012
Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks, adapting a book by Ronald Wright, argue so persuasively that the human race is spinning out of control.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
May 3, 2012
Obviously we need more robots.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 3, 2012
It's self-evident and tells the truth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
April 25, 2012
Food for thought presented in a smart, admirably unsentimentalized and largely unmanipulative manner.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
April 20, 2012
Maybe the people in this movie really don't know what they're talking about. In any case, believing them gets you nowhere, because they offer nothing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
April 20, 2012
Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks's powerful but pessimistic documentary look at the corner we humans seem to be painting ourselves into, economically, ecologically and otherwise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
April 19, 2012
[A] truly disturbing documentary, which pretty much argues that human beings are hard-wired to self-destruct.
| Original Score: 3/4
Jennifer Merin
About.com
April 11, 2012
An intellectually stimulating and provocative film that raises more questions than it answers. In our age of increasingly rapid technological advances, this examination of the notion of progress is timely. It is, indeed, a vital necessity.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
April 9, 2012
This cautionary documentary makes a strong case that our technological advances are in fact dooming us.
Kam Williams
AALBC.com
April 9, 2012
If humans go extinct, the epitaph on our gravestone should simply read 'Why?'
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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