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Waste Land Reviews

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David Elliott
San Diego Reader
November 14, 2016
With Walker and cinematographer Dudu Miranda, Muniz has a hawk's eye for the weird beauty of bulldozed hillocks of trash and the catador faces that he chose to star in photographic portraits.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
June 12, 2012
This conversion of garbage into humanitarian aid is just the beginning. Practical charity gives way to life-changing intimacy.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Simon Foster
November 30, 2011
The breadth of gratitude these catadores feel towards Muniz and the life-experience they undertake makes for an intelligent, emotional movie.
Dan Jardine
August 19, 2011
Waste Land is a real treasure, the sort of heartwarming and life affirming study of people, lacking in both sentimentality and cynicism, that uplifts the audience and elevates the art form
Full Review | Original Score: 90/100
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
April 13, 2011
Waste Land fuses the design concepts behind two of the most high-profile animations of recent years, Rio and the Oscar-winning Wall-E, into an essay about how hard some people are prepared to work.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
March 3, 2011
The result is a film that works on multiple levels, casting light on a worldwide problem while delivering a big jolt of human hope.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Philip French
February 28, 2011
Muniz is a gifted, modest and altogether delightful man, and his project is both aesthetically fascinating and philosophically stimulating.
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express (UK)
February 28, 2011
It's inspiring, humbling and beautifully made.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
February 25, 2011
A well-made and often uplifting film that refuses to get angry yet still manages to point out that things aren't as they should be for a great many.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
Sophie Ivan
February 25, 2011
More self-conscious, subtle exploration than the dubious bleeding-heart PR stunt implied by its premise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
February 25, 2011
The glimpses of favela life will make you thank your lucky stars you weren't born there.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
February 25, 2011
Well made and impressively structured, this is a heartwarming, genuinely inspirational and ultimately deeply moving film that has deservedly picked up an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jason Goodyer
Little White Lies
February 24, 2011
Perhaps not life-changing but certainly life-affirming.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
February 24, 2011
This is undoubtedly a bold raid into an unknown territory - both geographic and conceptual - that the prosperous classes prefer not to think about.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph (UK)
February 24, 2011
Walker finds inspiration and strange beauty in the squalor.
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
February 23, 2011
As in her memorable Blindsight, in which sightless climbers took on Everest, Walker celebrates the indomitability of the human spirit.
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
February 23, 2011
A remarkable testament to working class lives and the unifying power of art, Waste Land is a rare thing - a film that makes you proud to be human.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Nev Pierce
Empire Magazine
February 22, 2011
Compelling and vivid, it's another fine piece of work from an up-and-coming talent.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matt Glasby
Total Film
February 22, 2011
A reminder of humanity's ability to transcend its surroundings through art or just plain optimism.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
February 19, 2011
Walker's documentary is moving, life-affirming and challenges what you think you might know about these people who pick through the rubbish.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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