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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) investigates the facts in the case of the so-called "Amazon Chernobyl," a disaster that occurred deep in the rain forests of Ecuador.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

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"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."
‑ Tom Huddlestone, Time Out
"One has to wonder if oil industry executives are concerned about the release of Joe Berlinger's damning documentary."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Another interesting film from Joe Berlinger"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"Not exactly genre-bending innovation or anything but a decent documentary about an important episode in history of oil company exploitation."
‑ Dan Jolin, Empire Magazine
"Structurally a little jumbled, it's still a worthy addition to the angry eco-doc subgenre."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"An engrossing case for justice."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"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."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"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."
‑ Ian Buckwalter, DCist
"Although the real-life outcome may be known to some, Crude still, at its best, unfolds like a courtroom thriller."
‑ Kevin Maher, Times [UK]
"Gripping and powerful, Crude is documentary journalism as it needs to be. Blissful ignorance stirred with bland apathy is no longer an option."
‑ Olly Zanetti, Little White Lies
"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."
‑ Cliff Doerksen, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ John Anderson, Washington Post
"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."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"The Ecuadorians' fight continues, and their courage isn't to be doubted. Even the much-mocked, much-maligned campaigner Trudie Styler emerges with credit for supporting them."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"There's much speechifying, with no high-octane finale - but that's near-unavoidable for a case still dragging on amid corrupt politicking."
‑ Carmen Grey, Total Film
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