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  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    What's unforeseen in Unforeseen, a superior documentary by Laura Dunn, are the consequences of a certain mind-set about mankind's relationship to the world and, finally, to itself. show more

  • 70
    Frank Scheck The Hollywood Reporter

    An unusually poetic and meditative eco-themed documentary, Laura Dunn's The Unforeseen is as beautiful as it is ultimately depressing. show more

  • 100
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Dunn's elegant, full-length debut presents a frightening and powerful argument against the kind of reckless, profit-driven land development that not only threatens natural resources, but life itself. show more

  • 50
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    The film's case against overdevelopment needs to be, and could be, aggressive, airtight. It should play to the unconverted. Instead, The Unforeseen gives us . . . poetry. show more

  • 80
    Film Threat

    Dunn does an incredible job of condensing this extremely complex battle into a story that is simple and understandable, as well as extremely compelling. show more

  • 67
    Austin Chronicle

    The result is an expansive and ambivalent testament to human ingenuity, human intransigence, and nature’s endangered yet enduring power to move. show more

  • 75
    Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly

    Add The Unforeseen to the catalog of artfully produced nonfiction films that show how humans are screwing up the planet. show more

  • 100
    Andrew O'Hehir

    One of the most extraordinary accomplishments in recent American nonfiction filmmaking. It hits hard as to facts, and opens its eyes to inexpressible mysteries. It strikes a clear moral and philosophical stance, and then -- as part of that philosophical stance, actually -- reveals its villain as a tragic and sympathetic figure. show more

  • 90
    Robert Koehler Variety

    Observing locally and thinking globally, Laura Dunn's astonishing debut doc feature The Unforeseen is the kind of transformative viewing experience that has made the current period a golden age for nonfiction film. show more

  • 80
    Village Voice

    Making her first feature, Austin filmmaker Dunn no doubt included some unnecessary detours for star power's sake (like the inessential footage of Redford and Nelson). But it's ultimately the movie's glacial pace and willingness to let its mind and eye wander that produces its spiritual and intellectual heft--not to mention its atypical visual splendor. show more

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