A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash
A Crude Awakening: The Oil Crash (2007)

Basil Gelpke and Ray McCormack's nonfiction treatise Crude Awakening joins Maxed Out, An Inconvenient Truth, and other recent documentaries devoted to unearthing and exploring forces that are untying the connective threads of… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 24, 2007
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Critic Score: 79% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

You leave a viewing with a sense of utter defeat. I can envision a future DVD special edition that comes with a razor blade, to facilitate wrist slashing.

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Xan Brooks

A horribly enlightening documentary.

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Jamie Russell

A chilling picture of coming global crisis fuelled by our lack of fuel.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

The facts in this documentary are astoundingly sobering, and yet society continues to keep its head buried in the sand. By avoiding any political slant, the filmmakers forcefully get the message across.

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Kevin Maher
Times [UK]

An informative and unashamedly apocalyptic documentary about the world's obsession with oil that makes An Inconvenient Truth look positively chipper.

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Tom Charity
Total Film

Depressingly compelling.

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Derek Malcolm
This is London

All sorts of experts testify with some conviction, but the film's jerky structure and lack of complexity don't help.

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Daniel Etherington

A compelling documentary, wrought with a dry rationalism and presenting the horrifying case of the stuff that's both "the bloodstream of the world economy" and "the excrement of the devil".

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Patrick Peters
Empire Magazine

Slick, striking and sobering.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Steve Strange
If you haven't figured out that this is going on yet, not only are you not awake, you're dead.
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Wu Chouin
Scary stuff that everyone should see. We as a race have to smarten up. "oil is the excrement of the devil". They should show this in schools along… More