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Based on 28 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    A balanced examination of the reasons for the electric car's disappearance, reasons that include corporate collusion and greed, governmental spinelessness and oil company propaganda -- but also consumer indifference and the limitations of the vehicles themselves. show more

  • 70
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Who Killed the Electric Car?, a fascinating feature-length documentary by Chris Paine, opens with a mock funeral, then follows the structure of a mock trial in which multiple suspects are found guilty. show more

  • 75
    Carrie Rickey Philadelphia Inquirer

    As efficient and zippy as its subject. show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    In a sad twist of technological birth and infanticide, General Motors - with assists from the oil industry, the Bush administration, cowardly California energy officials and apathetic consumers - doomed the future car to the literal scrap heap of history. show more

  • 80
    Michael Rechtshaffen The Hollywood Reporter

    A potent hybrid of passion and politics fuel this energetic and highly compelling documentary. show more

  • 88
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    The only question his movie doesn't ask is "What do you want your next car to run on?" That's up to you. show more

  • 75
    Rene Rodriguez Miami Herald

    Shaped just like the murder-mystery its title promises, the documentary Who Killed the Electric Car? introduces us to the victim, then rounds up the suspects most likely responsible for its demise. show more

  • 75
    V.A. Musetto New York Post

    Paine doesn't hide his liberal mind-set, but he lets all sides - from GM suits to Ralph Nader - have their say. By the closing credits, there's little doubt who killed the electric car. show more

  • 75

    By the end of the film, you actually come to mourn the passing of the EV1, a well-intentioned soul that was in the right place at the right time, but was surrounded by the wrong people. show more

  • 63
    Maitland McDonagh TV Guide

    Impassioned, unwieldy and padded with celebrity interviews. show more

  • September 15, 2008 Bob Bennett
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    Burn after reading has received rave revues from film critics so I and my wife went to see on a Sunday afternoon. And frrankly, dear readers, except for being in color had all the gratuitous EFF, MEFF, EFFS and EFFING words been bleeped out it would almost qualify as a SILENT MOVIE.

  • July 18, 2008 hogane70
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    It is uterly discusting how the US Govenment is controled by the oil industry. Wile our sons and daughters are getting killed in Iraq and Afganistan this administration only cares about its own needs and how they can get rich. Like the film sayes they can sell us anything they want so dont tell me that there was or is no market for the electric car. I thought for sure there would be one in every garage within just a few years just to find out that the government and the oil company killed every electric car they made. I will never purchase anything from GM again as long as I live They are playing with our lives. not only due to the ever rising cost of fuel but with the pollution the regular cars put into our air. Sorry about the spelling I dont have spell check but I am so mad I just have to speak out. I hope everyone that sees this film gets angry enough do act. Write you congresman write your president write anyone who will listen. We have a right to breath clean air and not to spend all our money on the pump. THIS MUST STOP. Bring back the electric car Ms. President!!!

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