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Based on 16 Reviews
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  • 100
    San Francisco Chronicle

    Leaves its audience with many troubling questions. Among them: Should a film console us with its own brilliance when it aims to discomfit us with its content? show more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    The result is a highly unusual viewing experience that stimulates the senses and the conscience simultaneously. show more

  • 100
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Burtynsky's keen sense of color, pattern and composition are obvious from his work, but equally acute are his thoughts on how he as an artist as well as an inhabitant of the planet fits into the larger scheme of things. show more

  • 100
    Boston Globe

    An eloquent ecological warning. show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    Burtynsky doesn't preach. He's content to let viewers make up their own minds from his eye-opening and eye-pleasing images. show more

  • 50
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    Feels constrained and rather dutiful, no matter how passionate these people are about what they're observing. show more

  • 70
    Pete Vonder Haar Film Threat

    Slow in places, but the feeling of foreboding you’ll take away from it is undeniable. show more

  • 67
    Austin Chronicle

    Baichwal is comfortable with those moral and aesthetic ambiguities as well, and, as a result, she’s created a visual poem of devastation that makes one question one’s entire relationship to the world. show more

  • 100
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    Jennifer Baichwal's gorgeous documentary Manufactured Landscapes amplifies the powerful work of Edward Burtynsky, a Canadian artist who specializes in large-scale photographs of terrain transformed by civilization into rivers and tides of industrial ugliness. show more

  • 100
    Andrew O'Hehir

    Manufactured Landscapes may tell you more about how the 21st century world actually works than you really want to know, but it's a heartbreaking, beautiful, awful and awesome film. show more

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