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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
July 21, 2011
Behaves like a straight-ahead investigative news piece. Its target is the US Army Corps of Engineers.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 7, 2011
By the end of "The Big Uneasy" the viewer is convinced that we weren't told the whole story back in 2005, and appalled by the retaliation faced by some who spoke out.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 9, 2011
"The Big Uneasy" lacks the dramatic impact and artistic imagination of many recent docs about environmental issues.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine
June 3, 2011
The film confirms that the real scandal behind Katrina is too deep, too knotty, and too technical to permeate our cultural understanding of the event and incite the rage it deserves.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International
May 20, 2011
A comedian's well-meaning but muddled documentary about the Army Corps of Engineers' pre-Katrina failings in New Orleans is a narrative mess of 20/20 hindsight.
Brent Simon
Shockya.com
May 20, 2011
While at times a bit pedantic, Shearer's persuasive film nonetheless stands as an important correlative primary historical document.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 20, 2011
"The Big Uneasy" is scary stuff indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
May 19, 2011
While Shearer's affection for his part-time home is palpable, the film's dry, academic treatment of its subject does the city a profound disservice.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Louis Proyect
rec.arts.movies.reviews
May 19, 2011
This powerful documentary debunks the "natural disaster" version of New Orleans flooding shared by George W. Bush and Barack Obama alike. Highly, highly recommended.
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David Fear
Time Out
May 18, 2011
Whistle-blowing works best without gratuitous pop-doc debris, but there are only so many dry, fact-heavy testimonies from engineers you can take before a certain dullness uneasily settles in.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ernest Hardy
Village Voice
May 17, 2011
Shearer builds an airtight case to prove his thesis, and one of his most chilling arguments is a roll call of brave souls whose lives and careers have been systematically wrecked in pursuit of the truth.
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
May 13, 2011
Every American politician and citizen should see this engaging documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
April 29, 2011
The Big Uneasy, a damning new look at the onset and effects of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, is agitating by design.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Kimberly Gadette
Indie Movies Online
April 15, 2011
Rather than making us feel 'uneasy,' this film should flood us with rage. What Shearer's worthy film cries out for ... is the bite from the filmmaker/satirist himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 7.5/10
Shawn Levy
Oregonian
April 7, 2011
"The Big Uneasy" is at once breezy and substantial, but it could have been more powerful if it were, paradoxically, sharper and blunter.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Joy Tipping
Dallas Morning News
March 10, 2011
Previous documentaries about Hurricane Katrina and New Orleans have gone for the heart. For The Big Uneasy, though, writer-director-producer-narrator Harry Shearer takes aim at the brain.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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John Anderson
Variety
October 1, 2010
Well-intended and informative, but also unfocused, unwieldy and a little smug.
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Daniel M. Gold
New York Times
September 24, 2010
A cogent 98-minute investigative chronicle that, along with Spike Lee's pair of HBO films, is an indispensable part of any history of New Orleans before, during and after Katrina
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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David Cotner
L.A. Weekly
September 23, 2010
Shearer details his staunch efforts to understand what happened to the city he loves, aided by the acumen and brilliance of engineers, observers and experts, all of whom paint a portrait of what's really happening in the city.
Chris Barsanti
PopMatters
September 17, 2010
The American idiots behind the engineering snafus and bureaucratic boondoggling explored in Harry Shearer's provocative post-Katrina documentary make for an infuriating gallery of villains.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
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