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Waste Land Reviews

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November 11, 2010
"Waste Land" is a must-see PBS-style Cinderella story with true grit, a brilliant cast and an improbably big heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 24, 2011
Perhaps not life-changing but certainly life-affirming.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
December 3, 2010
"Waste Land" is a testament that things can go from good to bad in an instant. But they can also improve just as quickly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 26, 2010
A fascinating look at the complex intersections of art and charity, reality and perception.
October 27, 2010
I can't help but want people to see it ... there is some discussion in the film concerning certain ethics of involvement and interference with subjects through art
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
February 10, 2011
I do not mean to make their lives seem easy or pleasant. It is miserable work, even after they grow accustomed to the smell. But it is useful work, and I have been thinking much about the happiness to be found by work that is honest and valuable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 30, 2011
The breadth of gratitude these catadores feel towards Muniz and the life-experience they undertake makes for an intelligent, emotional movie.
February 28, 2011
It's inspiring, humbling and beautifully made.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 7, 2011
Walker creates indelible documentary portraits of six workers that round out Muniz's very unusual physical portraits. [Not] the usual saccharine shock at poverty.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
January 17, 2011
An entirely immersing documentary, one of those movies whose real value comes in the way it envelops viewers in a world they never knew existed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
January 4, 2011
A fascinating film, offering a glimpse of a world we've never seen before ... allowing us to savor the unexpected power in the phrase, 'Recycle yourself.'
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
October 31, 2010
Captivating, inspirational and profoundly eye-opening. It's a testament to the true healing power of art.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.66/10
November 12, 2010
It's an unexpectedly beautiful film not only because Muniz's work is lovely but also because the film is so thoughtfully composed.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
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
October 29, 2010
...a dazzling thing to behold.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
October 31, 2010
Rather than issuing a warning blow to either our guts or our hearts, it's something of a soft wakeup nudge aimed somewhere in-between.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 10, 2010
... Muniz has found the sweet spot of being just original enough to cash in with the moneyed individuals and institutions that constitute the international art market.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
October 16, 2010
Lucy Walker is an extraordinarily sensitive and caring filmmaker, and Waste Land is a testimony to the transformational nature of art in people's lives.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
November 24, 2010
Waste Land is inspirational without seeming self-righteous, and moving without being hackneyed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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