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  • 75
    Walter Addiego San Francisco Chronicle

    Waste Land is a film about recycling, but it's far more intriguing than the average eco-documentary. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    It's not a very good title, Waste Land - this isn't a bleak film, at all - but just about everything else in Lucy Walker's documentary works, and illuminates. show more

  • 80
    John DeFore The Hollywood Reporter

    Overall, though, the project brings enough good into this rough corner of the world that viewers can walk out with honest cause to be hopeful for its inhabitants. show more

  • 80
    Michelle Orange Movieline

    A dump is a dump, but it's immediately clear that these are working people who are making the best of their options and who have built a shared camaraderie out of that determination. show more

  • 88
    Mike Scott New Orleans Times-Picayune

    The only waste would be if people didn't go see it. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    It is miserable work, even after they grow accustomed to the smell. But it is useful work, and I have been thinking much about the happiness to be found by work that is honest and valuable. show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    Walker's breezy film turns Muniz into a folk hero. And who am I to argue? show more

  • 75
    Washington Post

    Spend some time there, thanks to the documentary Waste Land, and you start to get the sense that, amid the trash, something really is blooming. show more

  • 75
    Wesley Morris Boston Globe

    Waste Land is just what the film's website says it is: "stirring evidence of the transformative power of art and the alchemy of the human spirit." show more

  • 75
    Stephen Cole The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    No matter who you side with here, Waste Land – the title should come with a question mark – is a fascinating adventure, populated by memorable characters. show more

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