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In this feature-length documentary, filmmaker and biofuel advocate Josh Tickell explores the origins of America's dependence on fossil fuels, eventually detailing the cross-country road trip that he took in his biodiesel-converted van, campaigning for the more sustainable, environmentally friendly fuel. Tickell interviews people in his film from all over the spectrum of fuel use, from oil company executives to those devastated by water contamination stemming from oil companies to Midwestern families considering buying Hummers. Hoping to paint as complete a picture as possible of American… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Thanks to an informative, buoyant tone and the director's own restless intelligence, the film preaches to the unconverted with passion, energy and graphics so clear that they would make Al Gore weep all over his PowerPoint."
‑ Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times
"There's not a single (even moderately) dissenting voice in Fuel; you're either on the biodiesel bandwagon or raping the planet."
‑ Brian Miller, Village Voice
"shows the not-so-shocking connections between the auto industry, the oil industry and the government, prescriptively offering alternatives ..."
‑ Philip Martin, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
"Another fervent call-to-arms from one side of the aisle."
‑ Nick Schager, Slant Magazine
"Fuel's message is clear -- oil is bad; alternative energy is good -- and its goals are simple -- put Big Oil out of business by selling the American public on the virtues of cleaner energy sources, such as wind, solar, ethanol, hemp, and world music."
‑ Josh Rosenblatt, Austin Chronicle
"A peppy, bouncy documentary that is watchable and informative, although Tickell's celebrity name-dropping at times detracts from the serious message."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"One of the refreshing traits of this action-nudging documentary is Tickell's willingness to wrestle his own biases."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"Tickell keeps the film hopping along, far more interested in the positive than a woe-is-us mentality"
‑ Norm Schrager, Filmcritic.com
"For a film about energy, it's marvelous that Tickell ultimately gives us all the proverbial power."
‑ Kimberly Gadette, Indie Movies Online
"... a rousing documentary on the real costs of petrochemical dependence and the practical alternatives within reach."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"It's a slickly enjoyable production (if unfocused and bloated), and his bullet-point tips are persuasive; but dude, there are better ways to humanize these issues than crying on camera."
‑ Aaron Hillis, Time Out New York
"Smartly animated interstitials, memorable archival material and a lively soundtrack round out the fast-paced proceedings."
‑ Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times
"A good natured cheer-leading session for clean vehicles, "Fuel" is several measures short of the intensity it will take to put Hummers where they belong---in museums."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"Tickell makes his case in an entertaining and hence all the more effective manner."
‑ Michael Dequina, TheMovieReport.com
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