Crude
Crude (2009)

The story behind the world's largest oil-related environmental lawsuit comes to the screen as award-winning documentary filmmaker Joe Berlinger (Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster)… More

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Release Date: February 23, 2010
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Dynamic, tightly arranged, and deliberately provocative, Joe Berlinger's Crude is a sobering, enraging wake-up call.

Tom Huddlestone
Time Out

A bleak, necessarily incomplete tale, and suffers from a late intrusion by celebrity eco-botherer Trudi Styler. But with this gripping, angry film, Berlinger has put himself back on the side of the angels.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

One has to wonder if oil industry executives are concerned about the release of Joe Berlinger's damning documentary.

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Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

Another interesting film from Joe Berlinger

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Dennis Harvey
Variety

An engrossing case for justice.

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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

What Crude does best is take us behind the scenes and show in often candid detail how campaigns are waged, tactics decided on and strategies prioritized.

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Ian Buckwalter
DCist

In a welcome change from many recent documentaries with an activist bent, the director is never seen on camera, never heard on the soundtrack, and does precious little overt editorializing.

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Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader

A gripping, multifaceted thriller about media politics, global economics, and legal infighting. Wherever your sympathies fall, this may teach you a lot about the way the modern world works.

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John Anderson
Washington Post

As the film very eloquently implies, when the greater good is defined as profits, and a lack of culpability is proportionate to your number of shareholders, well . . . a lot of petroleum-soaked chickens will be coming home to roost.

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Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall

This intense documentary tells a hugely important story that's packed with compelling characters and situations. Although a repetitive structure and a sense of agonising futility conspire to undermine the vital lessons it has to teach us.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Matthew Slaven
"Crude" does give us an interesting process story, but the case it presents against Chevron is consistently weak, based on hearsay when we need health… More
Walter M.
"Crude" is a documentary about a class action suit brought by the indigenous populations of Ecuador against Chevron(who merged with Texaco and assumed… More

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