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Waste Land Reviews

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This conversion of garbage into humanitarian aid is just the beginning. Practical charity gives way to life-changing intimacy.

Full Review Source: Image | Original Score: A-

June 12, 2012
Simon Foster

The breadth of gratitude these catadores feel towards Muniz and the life-experience they undertake makes for an intelligent, emotional movie.

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November 30, 2011
Dan Jardine

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 Source: Cinemania | Original Score: 90/100

August 19, 2011
Graham Young
Birmingham Post

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 Source: Birmingham Post | Original Score: 4/5

April 13, 2011

National Post

Full Review Source: National Post | Original Score: 3.5/4

April 13, 2011
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

The result is a film that works on multiple levels, casting light on a worldwide problem while delivering a big jolt of human hope.

Full Review Source: Kansas City Star | Original Score: 3/4

March 3, 2011
Philip French
Guardian [UK]

Muniz is a gifted, modest and altogether delightful man, and his project is both aesthetically fascinating and philosophically stimulating.

Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]

February 28, 2011
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express

It's inspiring, humbling and beautifully made.

Full Review Source: Daily Express | Original Score: 4/5

February 28, 2011
Derek Malcolm
This is London

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.

Full Review Source: This is London | Original Score: 4/5

February 25, 2011
Sophie Ivan

More self-conscious, subtle exploration than the dubious bleeding-heart PR stunt implied by its premise.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 3.5/5

February 25, 2011
Anthony Quinn

The glimpses of favela life will make you thank your lucky stars you weren't born there.

Full Review Source: Independent | Original Score: 3/5

February 25, 2011
Matthew Turner

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 Source: ViewLondon | Original Score: 4/5

February 25, 2011
Jason Goodyer
Little White Lies

Perhaps not life-changing but certainly life-affirming.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 4/5

February 24, 2011
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian [UK]

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 Source: Guardian [UK] | Original Score: 4/5

February 24, 2011
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph

Walker finds inspiration and strange beauty in the squalor.

Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph

February 24, 2011
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times

As in her memorable Blindsight, in which sightless climbers took on Everest, Walker celebrates the indomitability of the human spirit.

Full Review Source: Financial Times

February 23, 2011
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies

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 Source: Sky Movies | Original Score: 5/5

February 23, 2011
Nev Pierce
Empire Magazine

Compelling and vivid, it's another fine piece of work from an up-and-coming talent.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

February 22, 2011
Matt Glasby
Total Film

A reminder of humanity's ability to transcend its surroundings through art or just plain optimism.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 4/5

February 22, 2011
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

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 Source: Eye for Film | Original Score: 4/5

February 19, 2011
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