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Surviving Progress Reviews

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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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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
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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.
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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
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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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.
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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.
Read More | 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.
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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
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Ernest Hardy
Village Voice
April 3, 2012
The anticapitalism prognosis is grim, and the hope offered is slim indeed.
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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.
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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
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Greg Quill
Toronto Star
December 2, 2011
Crucial, captivating and profoundly disturbing...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4