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The City Dark Reviews

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
July 3, 2012
An eloquent and compelling documentary on the dire effects of light pollution in cities and the spiritual consequences of not being able to see the bright starry sky at night.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
April 5, 2012
Poetic, at times profound...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Sarah Boslaugh
January 31, 2012
...a frustratingly superficial look at a range of topics without making sufficient differentiation between what is established as a fact, what is a working hypothesis, and what is merely speculation ...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Louis Proyect
January 20, 2012
The film not only scores on the expected environmentalist level, but also as a more probing examination of the value of "civilization" as commonly understood as based on artificial light.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
January 19, 2012
An illuminating documentary about what constant exposure to artificial light does to our bodies, our minds and the natural world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
January 18, 2012
Documentary on the dangers of artificial light alternates between quirky and profound.
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
January 17, 2012
A documentary about light pollution that is entertaining and thought-provoking? It hardly seems possible, but that's what Ian Cheney has made in "The City Dark."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Eric Hynes
Village Voice
January 17, 2012
Cheney is welcome to his anxiety, but not to the specious science of societal collapse by street lamp.
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Andrew Schenker
Time Out
January 17, 2012
The failure to mention the environmental consequences of energy overload, even in passing, seems a particularly grievous oversight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Chuck Bowen
Slant Magazine
January 16, 2012
As an effort in civil duty, The City Dark would earn three sturdy stars, but as a film it's lacking.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Prairie Miller
January 15, 2012
Crafted as mournful meditation that is both sobering and sublime, personal and global, the doc is a poetic and political challenge to the notion of human progress. And where civilization may have won the battle against primitive life, but lost the war.
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Jay Weissberg
November 2, 2011
An informative, well-rounded look at light pollution told with a star-gazing enthusiast's passion for his subject.
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
October 6, 2011
The documentary tries to take on too much, but Cheney's enthusiasm for the subject makes that understandable.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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