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Surviving Progress Reviews

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Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
April 6, 2012
Fewer resources, more poverty. Is that anyone's idea of progress on this planet? This visually impressive Canadian documentary, rich in expert ideas, is a terrific resource for those who think and really care to know.
April 6, 2012
It was very, very difficult to get behind Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks' doom-and-gloom-fueled Surviving Progress
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
April 6, 2012
The cumulative power of so many great minds envisioning our potential self-destruction is undeniable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
April 5, 2012
Zippily edited and nicely photographed, "Surviving Progress" is a fine summary of a hot ugly mess. But like too many short documentaries, it can't do justice to its complex topic or finally to those of us watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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April 5, 2012
A provocative if scattershot documentary from directors Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks, who wander off topic more than once as they introduce myriad other voices.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
April 5, 2012
A thought-provoking documentary on the major crises of our times brought on by an uncritical acceptance of the idea of progress.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.8/5
Kalvin Henely
Slant Magazine
April 4, 2012
By turning the idea of progress on its head, the nimble Surviving Progress exquisitely presents to us the possibility that humankind's achievements may cause its downfall.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrew Schenker
Time Out
April 3, 2012
Like the myriad dangers threatening the earth, the film is simply too unwieldy, a sprawling mass of ideas that are dutifully checked off and then given only superficial explanations in lieu of insightful explorations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ernest Hardy
Village Voice
April 3, 2012
The anticapitalism prognosis is grim, and the hope offered is slim indeed.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 3, 2012
[VIDEO] Martin Scorsese's executive producing credit provides a connotation of the superb production values employed in this essential documentary about the catastrophic effects of the industrial revolution on our planet.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
March 30, 2012
Very topical indeed, insofar as it diagnoses the threat to the planet posed by predatory financial corporations in its insatiable desire to turn rainforests into capital.
Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
March 21, 2012
We've heard it before: 'Consume less,' but we need to have our memories refreshed often by docs like this.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Dennis Harvey
Variety
February 21, 2012
Surviving Progress offers a cinematic wakeup call so cogent and non-didactic even Tea Partyers would be hard-pressed to shrug it off.
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
December 2, 2011
In an ironically overpopulated documentary genre, it's a fresh approach.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
December 2, 2011
Though often fascinating and beautiful to look at, Surviving Progress falls into the adapting-a-book-into-a-movie trap. Trying to do too much too fast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Greg Quill
Toronto Star
December 2, 2011
Crucial, captivating and profoundly disturbing...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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