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Surviving Progress Reviews

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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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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.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Sarah Boslaugh
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
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
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
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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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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
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
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Witney Seibold
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
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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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 3, 2012
It's self-evident and tells the truth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
May 3, 2012
Obviously we need more robots.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 10, 2012
Unlike many current documentaries, it offers a fresh take on familiar issues.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Greg Quill
Toronto Star
December 2, 2011
Crucial, captivating and profoundly disturbing...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Kam Williams
April 9, 2012
If humans go extinct, the epitaph on our gravestone should simply read 'Why?'
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jennifer Merin
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
Cole Smithey
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+
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
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 17, 2012
[A] remarkably cogent, albeit remarkably alarming, film.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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