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Based on 22 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 75
    San Francisco Chronicle

    It may not be the greatest of cinematic exercises, and it often feels contrived, but this documentary somehow is enlightening, ridiculous, foreboding and funny at the same time. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    At once noble and naive, earnest and a tad obnoxious. show more

  • 40
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    The efforts of Beavan's clan are so extreme that they spark some interest, but their environmental commitment feels a bit too self-serving to have the impact that's clearly desired. show more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Gabbert and Schein keep the focus on their subjects, interpreting their struggles through the ups and downs in the couple's relationship as they grapple with increasingly difficult issues. This character-driven approach draws viewers into the couple's struggle and prompts consideration of similar lifestyle changes. show more

  • 70
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    It's even harder being the semi-supportive wife, which is what generates most of the electricity in this slight but entertaining documentary. show more

  • 75
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    It’s like Sinatra said: If you can make (do without) it there, you can make (do without) it anywhere. The movie leaves it up to you. show more

  • 75
    Joe Williams St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Succeeds as both advocacy and entertainment by focusing on the family. show more

  • 63
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    The film makes little sense (the couple refuses to ride subways, but Metro-North is OK), but it's a diverting conversation piece/freak show. show more

  • 80
    Film Threat

    To sum up Beavan’s message, he’s not saying you should give up toilet paper. But you should give up what you can. Help any way you can. Do all you can. show more

  • 40
    Nicolas Rapold Time Out New York

    Eventually runs out of gas--or rather, pedal-power--as the filmmakers grope for how to cap the Beavans’ story. show more

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