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Crude Reviews

November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 15, 2010
Not exactly genre-bending innovation or anything but a decent documentary about an important episode in history of oil company exploitation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 15, 2010
A bleak, necessarily incomplete tale, and suffers from a late intrusion by celebrity eco-botherer Trudi Styler. But with this gripping, angry film, Berlinger has put himself back on the side of the angels.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 15, 2010
Although the real-life outcome may be known to some, Crude still, at its best, unfolds like a courtroom thriller.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 15, 2010
The Ecuadorians' fight continues, and their courage isn't to be doubted. Even the much-mocked, much-maligned campaigner Trudie Styler emerges with credit for supporting them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
January 15, 2010
Structurally a little jumbled, it's still a worthy addition to the angry eco-doc subgenre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 15, 2010
Gripping and powerful, Crude is documentary journalism as it needs to be. Blissful ignorance stirred with bland apathy is no longer an option.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
January 15, 2010
Few of these films ever take solid, substantive slices of truth or attestation from both sides. They are always partial, which vitiates the eagerness with which we would, if we could, espouse the cause of downtrodden.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
January 15, 2010
Joe Berlinger's film is a suitably forensic dissection of an ecological disaster and much less of a crusading piece of polemic than documentaries such as An Inconvenient Truth.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
January 15, 2010
The arguments are batted back and forth, and one's sympathy for the Ecuadorean side takes only a slight wobble when Trudi Styler gets behind the cause.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 3, 2009
An engrossing case for justice.
December 3, 2009
A gripping, multifaceted thriller about media politics, global economics, and legal infighting. Wherever your sympathies fall, this may teach you a lot about the way the modern world works.
December 3, 2009
One has to wonder if oil industry executives are concerned about the release of Joe Berlinger's damning documentary.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
December 3, 2009
What Crude does best is take us behind the scenes and show in often candid detail how campaigns are waged, tactics decided on and strategies prioritized.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
December 2, 2009
As the film very eloquently implies, when the greater good is defined as profits, and a lack of culpability is proportionate to your number of shareholders, well . . . a lot of petroleum-soaked chickens will be coming home to roost.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 5, 2009
At first Crude looks like one more environmental agit-doc intended to outrage and inspire. Director Joe Berlinger is no doctrinaire hack, though.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 23, 2009
If you ever had doubts about the impact that celebrities can have on such a David-and-Goliath struggle, Berlinger methodically removes them.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 14, 2009
It's a David-and-Goliath tale, full of anger and disturbing accusation, but it's also inspiring.
Read More | Original Score: B+
October 9, 2009
A legal thriller, it's a three-year investigation into the disaster environmentalists call the "Amazonian Chernobyl" that offers both sides of the story and leaves the viewer in the position of jury.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 9, 2009
It will certainly remain in your mind the next time you stop for gas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 9, 2009
Berlinger provides a bracing and intelligent look at how such battles are (and perhaps must be) fought in a world that's hardly lacking when it comes to tales of injustice.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 8, 2009
Powerful and powerfully upsetting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 25, 2009
No film could convey all the complexities of the case -- what Crude does is air the plaintiffs' claims and show the lawyers at work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 11, 2009
Here's a powerhouse of a documentary that makes you feel mad as hell and unwilling to take it anymore.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
September 10, 2009
Crude is remarkably clear-eyed in the way it shows how even people on the right side of a cause only succeed if they're willing to play a little dirty.
Read More | Original Score: B+
September 10, 2009
The film is fair (which is different from being objective) and works hard at representing both points of view. That it's already been denounced in some quarters is only proof he has the oil companies worried.
September 9, 2009
Involving doc about the devastating impact of oil exploration on Ecuador's rainforest community.
September 9, 2009
Mr. Berlinger has both a strong narrative instinct and a keen eye for incongruous, evocative and powerful images.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
September 8, 2009
Joe Berlinger's remarkable documentary, Crude, recounts an infuriating litany of South American exploitation, backroom glad-handing, and bureaucratic dead ends.
September 8, 2009
Crude is both a tribute to human-rights tenacity and a sobering account of the multinational-Moloch greed that can keep justice in limbo.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 7, 2009
Berlinger doesn't counter Chevron's counter charges with facts and figures. With footage of petrochemical-sludge swamps and babies covered with flaming sores, he doesn't especially need to.