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  • 88
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    Here’s a powerhouse of a documentary that makes you feel mad as hell and unwilling to take it anymore. show more

  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    No film could convey all the complexities of the case - what Crude does is air the plaintiffs' claims and show the lawyers at work. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    What's less clear, and more maddening, is how several generations of Ecuadorans have been left to live on toxic land, their health and livelihoods compromised, while lawyers file motions and counter-motions and blame is passed around. show more

  • 80
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Corporate inhumanity Berlinger ferociously exposes. show more

  • 80
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Minor flaws and all, Crude represents a crucial document as much as any evidence put forward in the courtroom itself. show more

  • 88
    Washington Post

    If the movie is any indication, Chevron would have the public believe there was no Amazon at all -- something people might be willing to believe, were Berlinger not sticking Crude in their faces. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    So, yes, something needs to be done, and if it takes Sting reuniting the Police in-concert to sing “sending out an SOS’’ on behalf of the plaintiffs (among other worthy causes), so be it. show more

  • 75
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    What makes Crude worthy of the overused term “epic” is the way the case symbolizes a host of contemporary issues: the iron-fistedness of multinational corporations; environmental despoliation; the disappearance of indigenous cultures; and the power of celebrity and the media to influence justice. show more

  • 75
    Mike Scott New Orleans Times-Picayune

    Part eco-doc, part legal-doc, it is a troubling, real story -- and a well-told one at that -- that is inspiring and infuriating all at once. show more

  • 25
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    Like its subject, a lawsuit that is expected to go on for another 10 years, Crude has no ending. This is the perfect ending for this Goliath versus Goliath documentary about powerful personal-injury lawyers taking on a powerful corporation. show more

  • September 26, 2009 semperfi7x
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    pws forgot to say he's a Chevron trust fund baby. I've never met a suit at this Chevron that wasn't a self-absorbed "tote" of the company. Of course, most oil execs pretty much have the moral compass of a misguided proctologist.... But, to the flick: One doesn't have to be a "left winger" to appreciate the damage depicted in this film; one need only have a conscience

  • September 25, 2009 pws1946
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    A slanted film full of lies & decet. A half ass attempt to take down a company that had nothing to do with alleged pollution. Film is a true left wing piece of crap propaganda.

  • September 19, 2009 erzabella
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    Informed, Intelligent, and Inspiring If you have not seen CRUDE yet, get to the closest theater. It is a near perfect documentary of an incredible story. Filmmaker Joe Berlinger leads us through a tale that combines a legal thriller, an environmental outrage, a cultural crisis, a buddy pic, and even pulls in some rock you out of your seats concert footage. Rarely does any film have so many dimensions delivered in such an effective and riveting package. Following the crusade of an Ecuadorian lawsuit against Chevron for 2 of its 14 years, we are guided by the oddest legal couple you can imagine. Pablo the young, fresh and determined Ecuadorian hero seems at times too young and too nice for the fight he is in. That is until you hear him passionately address the issues of the case. He embodies innocence and tenacity in a very Jimmy Stewart ala ‘Mr. Smith Goes to Washington', style. His partner is Steven, a big, bold, brash New York lawyer whose bombastic style is as entertaining as it is effective. We are brought close in to the tragic pollution of a once pristine rainforest, and are moved to tears at the plight of the beautiful ancient peoples devastated by same. From the eco/cultural travesty, to the arcane workings of the Ecuadorian legal system, to the power and ruthlessness of a major multinational corporation, there is so much provocative material in this film that days after the showing, I am still processing, and discussing it. Berlinger’s gift in this movie is that he does not deliver a conclusion to the audience, rather he presents both sides of the story and provokes the viewer to real thought on the issues. While it is clear that he sees a moral imperative that Chevron accept responsibility and that the people get help, Berlinger does not beat you over the head with a message movie. He makes you ponder the complexities and own your own opinion. If he ever stops making films, which I hope he does not, he would make a great college professor. Watch for this excellent film to be in the mix at Oscar t

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