This conversion of garbage into humanitarian aid is just the beginning. Practical charity gives way to life-changing intimacy.
| Original Score: A-
The breadth of gratitude these catadores feel towards Muniz and the life-experience they undertake makes for an intelligent, emotional movie.
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
| Original Score: 90/100
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
| Original Score: 3.5/4
The result is a film that works on multiple levels, casting light on a worldwide problem while delivering a big jolt of human hope.
| Original Score: 3/4
Muniz is a gifted, modest and altogether delightful man, and his project is both aesthetically fascinating and philosophically stimulating.
It's inspiring, humbling and beautifully made.
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.
More self-conscious, subtle exploration than the dubious bleeding-heart PR stunt implied by its premise.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
The glimpses of favela life will make you thank your lucky stars you weren't born there.
| Original Score: 3/5
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.
Perhaps not life-changing but certainly life-affirming.
This is undoubtedly a bold raid into an unknown territory - both geographic and conceptual - that the prosperous classes prefer not to think about.
Walker finds inspiration and strange beauty in the squalor.
As in her memorable Blindsight, in which sightless climbers took on Everest, Walker celebrates the indomitability of the human spirit.
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.
| Original Score: 5/5
Compelling and vivid, it's another fine piece of work from an up-and-coming talent.
A reminder of humanity's ability to transcend its surroundings through art or just plain optimism.
Walker's documentary is moving, life-affirming and challenges what you think you might know about these people who pick through the rubbish.