The Big Fix (2011)



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On April 22, 2010 the Deepwater Horizon offshore drilling rig run by BP sunk into the Gulf of Mexico creating the worst oil spill in history. Until the oil well was killed on September 19, 779,037,744 liters of crude oil and over 7,000,000 liters of chemical dispersant spread into the sea. By exposing the root causes of the spill filmmakers Josh and Rebecca Tickell uncover a vast network of corruption. The Big Fix is a damning indictment of a system of government led by a powerful and secretive oligarchy that puts the pursuit of profit over all other human and environmental needs. -- (C) Official Site
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Critic Reviews for The Big Fix

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (5)

If the film's conspiratorial viewpoint makes sense and is probably accurate, its final judgment is so gloomy that your impulse is to throw up your hands and despair.

December 1, 2011
New York Times
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Though the Tickells' unabashedly partial, first-person approach is a liability, they present so much damning evidence that their case is - one hopes - impossible to ignore.

Full Review… | December 1, 2011
New York Daily News
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More a summarizing project than an act of investigative journalism or a revelatory indictment.

Full Review… | November 29, 2011
Time Out
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Fix stretches into a mandatory-viewing critique of widespread government corruption...

Full Review… | November 29, 2011
Village Voice
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"The Big Fix" presents a compelling array of damning testimony from EPA officials, journalists, scientists and politicians as well as emotional scenes of distraught residents...

Full Review… | November 10, 2011
Los Angeles Times
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A convincing case is made that the government and the corporations it serves are worse than the mafia. A deeply radical film that makes you understand why young people risked pepper-spraying to build the Occupy Wall Street movement.

Full Review… | December 5, 2011

Audience Reviews for The Big Fix


We're all products of an environment. The Big Fix is a documentary filmed by a Louisiana film maker about the state of the Gulf of Mexico in his home state. He tells the tale of the history of big oil in Louisiana and the evolution of the industry to the corrupt, conniving, and thieving industry it is now. "His last words were, don't let me die, I've got so much to do." Joshua Tickell, director of Fields of Fuel, Fuel, Freedom, Pump, and the upcoming Good Fortune, delivers Big Fix. The storyline for this documentary is entertaining but fairly straightforward in terms of how they covered the topic. The film does a good job of making the story current and depicting the evolution of the industry, but I wouldn't say there is anything surprising in this film. "They then thought they could purchase a branch of the military." I came across this film on Netflix and decided to give it a shot because it has received such positive reviews. I will say I found the film entertaining and potentially a step down from a similar picture, Grizzly Man. Overall, this is a documentary worth watching but far from a classic or must own. "Black gold in the water." Grade: C+/B- (6.5)

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

A very well done documentary not only about the BP oil spill but the lasting results and facts about it that is pretty shocking....

Phantasm GhostWriter
Phantasm GhostWriter

"The Bix Fix" really starts with the day BP told us the Macondo Well was no longer leaking oil. It was only then that the real suffering, and the real lying began. This film is very well made, and is filled with new information that shows our government and media failed us. "Inside Job" was great, but anyone who had been following the news didn't learn anything new. "The Big Fix" shocks us with new information, and throws the curtains open wide on a play that is still being acted out by the oil industry and our government.

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