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Who Killed the Electric Car? Reviews

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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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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.
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
March 21, 2008
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.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 30, 2006
Filmmaker Chris Paine's postmortem on the EV1s doesn't answer all our questions, but it is reasonably evenhanded and quite entertaining.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
October 7, 2006
It's liable to get people hopping mad, whether or not they buy Paine's overarching conspiracy theory.
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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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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
August 10, 2006
An entertaining if slightly skewed documentary about the short life and early death of General Motors' EV1.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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Jessica Winter
Time Out
August 3, 2006
Paine is preaching to the choir, but the sermon should be heard nonetheless.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
July 28, 2006
The film's clear and informative exploration of the collusion between the private sector and government agencies, along with the auto giants' wielding of their financial power to sway legislature, can't help but raise the viewer's ire.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 21, 2006
A documentary as efficient and zippy as its subject.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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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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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
July 20, 2006
A lot of the film is illuminating; a lot of it is pointless.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
July 14, 2006
Paine's disarmingly impassioned movie sees nothing but short-term sinister interests behind the forced disappearance of a viably long-term solution.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
July 14, 2006
Like An Inconvenient Truth and Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room, the movie is ultimately a nonpartisan warning.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
July 14, 2006
Cynical bike riders may well snicker at scenes of car-lovers behaving like tree-huggers, but Paine effectively builds the viewer's affection for EV1, so the removal of the cars works as the film's climactic moment.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
July 14, 2006
Paine's movie can be a bit repetitious, but whether you regard the story as a footnote to automotive history or as a record of a tragically lost opportunity, you'll find plenty of interesting material here, not to mention some cause for hope.
Read More | Original Score: B
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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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David Germain
Associated Press
July 13, 2006
It's a lively, informative whodunit about an energy-efficient vehicle that debuted with fanfare and died with a whimper.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
July 7, 2006
A balanced examination of the reasons for the electric car's disappearance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 7, 2006
Depressing and hugely important.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
July 7, 2006
Runs efficiently on its own energy and sincerity, which makes it not unlike the car it mourns.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 7, 2006
Fierce, deftly entertaining work of muckraking journalism.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
July 7, 2006
Energetic documentary that efficiently ridicules GM for scrapping its electrical vehicle line.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
July 6, 2006
A wondrous tale with an infuriating ending (at least so far).
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 5, 2006
Thumbs up ...
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Entertainment Weekly
July 5, 2006
Who Killed the Electric Car? makes you angry, and also sad, to live in a country where innovation could be contrived into an enemy.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
June 30, 2006
Certainly makes the case that if the electric cars were available today in mass quantities at competitive prices, they would sell like Girls Gone Wild videos.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 29, 2006
Fascinating.
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Judith Lewis
L.A. Weekly
June 29, 2006
A laudably complicated, if emotional and a little comic-book goofy, story.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
June 29, 2006
Writer-director Chris Paine offers many things: a stinging critique of the car industry's short-sightedness and lust for profits, a plea for greater public awareness of alternative energies, and an elegy for a sweet little electro-car called the EV1.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
June 28, 2006
In many ways, the movie is superior to An Inconvenient Truth, with more journalistic balance than the Al Gore global warming film.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
June 28, 2006
If $3-a-gallon gasoline doesn't make you hate the big oil companies, the shocking revelations in Chris Paine's thought-provoking documentary Who Killed the Electric Car? will.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
June 27, 2006
A potent hybrid of passion and politics fuel this energetic and highly compelling documentary.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
June 27, 2006
Chris Paine's documentary makes an unapologetic case for the car and an unofficial indictment of the forces allied against it.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
June 27, 2006
Fast and furious, Who Killed the Electric Car? is the sad tale of yet one more attempt by a heroic group of civic-minded souls to save the browning, warming planet.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
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Robert Koehler
Variety
May 9, 2006
No amount of last-reel optimism will cool the anger of progressive-minded auds.