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The Last Mountain Reviews

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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
August 12, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
July 22, 2011
[A] thoughtful and elegantly made documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Paul de Barros
Seattle Times
July 14, 2011
The film presents a devastatingly airtight, dramatic argument.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 8, 2011
When you see a 91-year-old woman in a flag-draped wheelchair arrested for daring to challenge Massey's policies at the governor's office, you can't help but feel you're witnessing an American tragedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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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
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 16, 2011
The Last Mountain will make you very, very angry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
June 14, 2011
The disturbing eco-documentary "The Last Mountain" charts the catastrophic effects of the mining technique called mountaintop removal on West Virginia's Coal River Valley.
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
June 14, 2011
A damning look at Big Coal and its landscape-decimating practices, a litany of disheartening statistics and enraging testimony.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
June 8, 2011
The protests and lawsuits organized by lifelong locals are inspiring.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
June 5, 2011
I left the movie convinced that we have to break our addiction to coal-generated electricity before it's too late, but not at all convinced that our soul-gnawed, endlessly distracted nation possesses the strength of character or political will to do so.
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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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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
June 2, 2011
The black heart of coal country - and, as the film shows, our national energy debate - has never seemed so in need of white knights.
| Original Score: 4/5
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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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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-
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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
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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.
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James Greenberg
Hollywood Reporter
January 25, 2011
Delivers a powerful environmental punch.
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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.