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Who Killed the Electric Car? Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
August 18, 2006
Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar, but a car is always more than transportation.
Read More | Original Score: 82/100
Christopher Campbell
September 17, 2007
Transcends its own awful construction by being a documentary, further supporting the idea that docs needn't be well made to be worthwhile.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Chris Barsanti
June 29, 2006
Instead of producing an inflammatory piece of agitprop, Paine's film is more like an especially edgy Saturn commercial.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
July 20, 2006
A lot of the film is illuminating; a lot of it is pointless.
Christopher Null
May 24, 2006
doesn't bring up anything supremely new or surprising to merit attention, nor does it have even half the entertainment that the Hybrid episode of South Park had
| Original Score: 2/5
Chris Cabin
June 3, 2006
Who Killed the Electric Car? has no focus or reason apart from its history lesson.
| Original Score: 2/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
August 4, 2006
The good intentions are there and the film is expertly structured. It's just that it's hard to get that excited about batteries.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
June 24, 2006
Maintaining a surprising whimsical humor, Who Killed the Electric Car? is still too moralistic and lecture-hallish for its own purposes.
Dan Fienberg
June 30, 2006
No matter how fine Paine's intentions, he can't obscure that the movie is, at day's end, the tragic tale of rich people whining because somebody took their trendy toys away.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Rob Nelson
Village Voice
August 27, 2009
Another few of these squandered opportunities for art-house muckraking and we'll need someone to ask who killed the left-wing documentary.
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
June 21, 2006
Liberal fairy tale [about fanaticized conspiracies.]
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
July 11, 2006
The film is well-meaning but so desperate to entertain that it begins to grate like the left-wing message has begun to grate on even the left wing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 13, 2006
... an entertaining but sometimes disingenuous documentary ...
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
July 14, 2006
A spirited celebration of the deceased can honor the lost opportunity even as it challenges the living, breathing, concerned survivors to demand more from corporations, government, ourselves.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 29, 2006
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2006
It posits a necessary question in these days of ever-burgeoning oil prices and ever-shrinking supply, and it offers distressing insights into the corporate American mindset.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 5, 2006
Thumbs up ...
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
July 13, 2006
Entertaining stuff, and the mystery itself is a doozy.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
June 8, 2006
Like the kid brother of An Inconvenient Truth, Chris Paine's Who Killed the Electric Car? delivers cinematic activism of an eco-friendly variety.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kam Williams
Upstage Magazine
June 1, 2007
Given the shortsighted shenanigans engaged in by these corporate-oriented politicians and greedy captains of industry, is it any wonder that we'd end up mired in the Middle East to ensure the flow of oil? Who killed the electric car? The usual suspects.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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