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  • 80
    John Anderson Wall Street Journal

    Ms. Israel's movie proves, once again, that the best nonfiction cinema possesses the same attributes as good fiction: Strong characters, conflict, story arc, visual style. show more

  • 70
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    A veteran film editor making her first feature, Israel emphasizes the area's low-key beauty. show more

  • 75
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Windfall left me disheartened. I thought wind energy was something I could believe in. show more

  • 63
    Joseph Jon Lanthier Slant Magazine

    Whatever the legitimate arguments Windfall makes against the industry it targets, Meredith's feuding becomes just as inaccessible as the windmills that incite it. show more

  • 40
    Time Out New York

    Given the film's inability to posit any significant objections - or, for that matter, alternatives - to the turbines, it all feels like so much petty sniping against progress. show more

  • 90
    The New York Times

    Urgent, informative and artfully assembled documentary. show more

  • 80
    Andrew O'Hehir

    It's a tantalizing case study that suggests ordinary people still have the power to steer a course between faceless bureaucracies and greedy capitalists, but only just - and only if they can find a way to overcome their differences and work together. show more

  • 50
    Rob Nelson Variety

    Variably articulate subjects drone on and on in an 83-minute film that could easily make its TV news-style point in a half-hour or less. show more

  • 50
    J.R. Jones Chicago Reader

    The argument is so tilted against windmills (sorry) that this comes perilously close to an advocacy video. But Israel deserves credit for delivering the bad news that wind power, like natural gas and nuclear, comes with its own array of social and environmental headaches. show more

  • 58
    Noel Murray The A.V. Club

    Windfall is undeniably persuasive - and is likely advocating on the right side of the wind-farm issue - but the movie's case relies more on emotional appeals and frightening images of giant machines than on real, objective number-crunching. show more

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