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If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front Movie Poster
Not Yet Rated In Theaters 06/22/2011 , 100min.
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August 30, 2011
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Fascinating, revealing and shocking. This movie reveals a story that most Americans have never heard. It tells the story of a group of Americans who believed so strongly in something they were willing to go outside of society's accepted norms to force others to listen to them through acts of terrorism. This movie highlights the fact that even an American can become a terrorist and it does so

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Variety
Lacks the passion of previous Marshall Curry films ("Racing Dreams," "Street Fight") -- something mirrored in his principal character, but also something that keeps the documentary from being as sharp as it might have been, or as up-to-date. Full Review
Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
A remarkably evenhanded story about an eager young activist who was drawn down a slippery slope toward property destruction and violence, and who wound up as a baffled defendant in a widely publicized federal terrorism case. Full Review
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
Despite their efforts to address most sides of this complex story, each new interview leaves us wanting to know even more. Of course, that's the sign of a compelling film - but in this case, not an altogether satisfying one. Full Review
Kyle Smith
New York Post
In the appalling documentary If a Tree Falls, a narrator referring to an arson attack by the Earth Liberation Front solemnly intones, "In one night, they had accomplished what years of picketing and writing had never been able to do." Well, yes -- terrorism does make short work of red tape, doesn't it? Full Review
Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
The problem is that the heart of the movie is McGowan. He's just not a very compelling figure. He's a bit doughy and inert. Full Review

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