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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
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 17, 2012
[A] remarkably cogent, albeit remarkably alarming, film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 10, 2012
Unlike many current documentaries, it offers a fresh take on familiar issues.
Full Review | 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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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
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.
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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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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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