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Windfall Reviews

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
March 1, 2012
The poignant, frightening and visually striking documentary "Windfall" places debate within a very human perspective.
| Original Score: 4/4
Cole Smithey
February 6, 2012
Laura Isreal's probing examination of America's emergent windmill industry comes through a microsomal case study in the small upstate New York town of Meredith.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Jennifer Merin
February 6, 2012
Filmmaker Laura Israel's investigation of how construction of wind turbines in rural New York State impacts local citizens is an important reminder that there are no easy and quick fixes for environmental issues.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
February 3, 2012
A full-throated attack on wind energy, this feature by Laura Israel is one of the most surprising (and depressing) eco docs I've seen in years.
Doris Toumarkine
Film Journal International
February 3, 2012
A stunning debut, with a fascinating subject, an array of plain-folk talking heads, and precious access to a besieged community.
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Andy Webster
New York Times
February 2, 2012
[An] urgent, informative and artfully assembled documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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John Anderson
Wall Street Journal
February 2, 2012
Ms. Israel's movie proves, once again, that the best nonfiction cinema possesses the same attributes as good fiction: Strong characters, conflict, story arc, visual style.
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February 2, 2012
A veteran film editor making her first feature, Israel emphasizes the area's low-key beauty.
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Andrew O'Hehir
February 2, 2012
It's a microcosmic version of the political divisions - between left and right, environmentalists and free-marketers, corporations and citizens - that have virtually paralyzed our republic.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 2, 2012
"Windfall" left me disheartened. I thought wind energy was something I could believe in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
January 31, 2012
Prescriptive eco docs are rarely as attuned to the folly of human ingenuity as this one or as insightful on our knee-jerk demand for impossibly easy solutions.
Louis Proyect
January 20, 2012
A much needed second look at the promise of wind energy, so often put forward with scant attention to the impact of 400 foot monstrosities on the people suffering such "progress" in their midst.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
July 28, 2011
[An] absorbing, sobering documentary about the lures and perils of green technology.
Chris Barsanti
February 2, 2012
a handsome film about ugly things happening in a gorgeous place
| Original Score: 2/5
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Noel Murray
AV Club
February 2, 2012
The unbridled scare tactics cast too big a shadow over the agit-prop doc Israel ended up making.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine
February 1, 2012
Whatever the legitimate arguments Windfall makes against the industry it targets, Meredith's feuding becomes just as inaccessible as the windmills that incite it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Andrew Schenker
Time Out
January 31, 2012
It all feels like so much petty sniping against progress.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Rob Nelson
November 4, 2010
Variably articulate subjects drone on and on in an 83-minute film that could easily make its TV news-style point in a half-hour or less.
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