Who Killed the Electric Car?


Who Killed the Electric Car? (2006)


Critic Consensus: A searing indictment of big business and greed, Who Killed The Electric Car? is a well-tuned doc that simultaneously entertains and enrages.


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An investigation into the death and resurrection of the electric car, as well as the role of renewable energy and sustainable living in our country's future.

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Critic Reviews for Who Killed the Electric Car?

All Critics (105) | Top Critics (36)

Another few of these squandered opportunities for art-house muckraking and we'll need someone to ask who killed the left-wing documentary.

Aug 27, 2009 | Full Review…

Chris Paine's documentary about General Motors' development and withdrawal of the innovative, environment-friendly EV1 automobile is bound to reverberate with anyone who's fallen in love with a product only to see it irrevocably yanked from the market.

Mar 21, 2008 | Full Review…

It's liable to get people hopping mad, whether or not they buy Paine's overarching conspiracy theory.

Oct 7, 2006

... an entertaining but sometimes disingenuous documentary ...

Aug 13, 2006 | Rating: 3/5

An entertaining if slightly skewed documentary about the short life and early death of General Motors' EV1.

Aug 10, 2006 | Rating: 4/5

If Chris Paine's film were half as well designed as General Motors' super-sleek, super-quick EV1 (the electric car whose demise it laments), it would be a film to cherish.

Aug 5, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Who Killed the Electric Car?

Movies to Feel Guilty To, Volume Seven. It's strange, as a child I DO remember electric cars around, but I never gave much thought to what happened to them, if anything. I didn't realize they had actually been actively killed by various forces, lobbies and interests. Grrr. This is a very good, well-researched, engaging and informative documentary that makes you care about eco-infrastructure and want to get involved. I am very glad I saw this, and I ended up seeing it twice.

Emily Armstrong
Emily Armstrong

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I thought it was pretty interesting and well put together.

Megan S
Megan S

Super Reviewer

Who Killed the Electric Car starts off interesting but after about the first 20 minutes just generally keeps retreading the same 3 or 4 points. Martin Sheen's narration doesn't quite fit either--it's like he had a mouthful of Werther's Originals in his mouth while he recorded it. This documentary is definitely informative when it doesn't dwell on annoying activists who love the sound of their own voices. The United States as a country is poisoned by the greed of the oil and automotive industry, we get it. It sucks but stalking a car you used to drive in a losing battle is just creepy and weird. The Phyllis Diller bit at the beginning was perplexing to me but Mel Gibson's attempt to look like Moses with the Sweetest Beard Ever (it looked like he had a big white tongue!) hypnotized me. But probably what surprised me the most was that none of the people in this documentary referred to the electric car as Jesus. I mean, they may as well have. This movie made me want to buy a Hummer at the end. It annoyed me that much...

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

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A really great documentary showing how money controls everything and how America is filled with zombies that buy what big business tells us to buy.

James Alvarez
James Alvarez

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