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The Last Mountain Reviews

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Sam Adams
AV Club
June 2, 2011
Is there anything more disheartening than a lousy documentary pushing a good cause?
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
July 15, 2011
Haney glides past the drama in the stories of those people.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
June 3, 2011
When the film suggests that wind farms atop the mountains are the answer while backing higher taxes on such energy, which is more expensive than coal in the first place, it demonstrates its lack of interest in market reality.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Robert Koehler
Variety
January 23, 2011
Director and co-writer Bill Haney lacks a sense of poetry about the documentary form and opts for something closer to a sledgehammer approach.
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
June 23, 2011
The coal industry's tactics are appalling. But to a lesser extent so is this.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Robert Denerstein
Movie Habit
July 15, 2011
If faith could move mountains...
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
May 31, 2011
[The film] confirms every awful suspicion ever raised about the coal industry. Trouble is, the news is so bad and so plentiful that The Last Mountain may have you looking for the nearest exit instead of a way to register your outrage.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
July 15, 2011
Bite-size facts about mountaintop mining are splashed on the screen, but no substantiating sources are for the information are credited.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
June 2, 2011
The film does a good job of breaking down the complex interplay among politics, coal and environmentalists, including how and why the Clean Water Act has become more lax in recent years.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 23, 2011
A film like "The Last Mountain" fills me with restless anger.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
May 29, 2011
Outlining its case and looking toward the future, The Last Mountain fulfills its mandate, even if it indulges in a bit too much RFK Jr. veneration along the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Fr. Chris Carpenter
Movie Dearest
June 19, 2011
Eye-opening, ire-raising...an important account of a disastrous situation. One of the five best documentaries of 2011.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Robert Levin
Film School Rejects
June 9, 2011
It's an impassioned cry of disgust, a fervent plea to wake us up to a grand injustice.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
June 2, 2011
A troubling but inspiring David vs. Goliath story that's probably one of the better films to explore the current ecological problems with a more personal touch.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
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Nick Schager
Time Out
May 31, 2011
A familiar if nonetheless enraging slab of agitprop.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze
May 30, 2011
Opting for energy sources at home as opposed to invasions abroad related to oil, these alternatives result in a different human carnage. Not exactly front page headlines, and deadly practices like gas fracking below and mountain top coal mining above.
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
July 22, 2011
The picture is as grim as the wasteland that remains after the "mountain top removal" process undertaken by coal companies to reveal the rich seams of coals that lie underneath.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Stephen Saito
IFC.com
June 2, 2011
That much of "The Last Mountain" actually is beautiful, with polished cinematography and deft editing, makes the medicine go down easier, but there's no doubt to some, it will still feel like medicine.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
May 30, 2011
A hard-hitting documentary about the detrimental effects of cowboy capitalism on Appalachian communities and their majestic mountains.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
June 15, 2011
Bill Haney wears his angry heart on his sleeve with a film about the environment and its destruction through greed.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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