Monumental: David Brower's Fight for Wild America
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Monumental: David Brower's Fight for Wild America
Director Kelly Duane presents a biographical examination of David Brower, one of America's most accomplished environmentalists and a key figure behind the Sierra Club.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

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"Kelly Duane's documentary attempts to shed some light on a worthy subject, but does so only fractionally, resulting in a less-than-comprehensive portrait."
‑ Laura Kern, New York Times
"In an age where constructing papier-machť caricatures of world leaders is considered activism, it's revealing to see a documentary where an idealist actually engages government and effects positive change."
‑ R. Emmet Sweeney, Village Voice
"Mostly an exercise in hyperbole...flawed by a lack of perspective"
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"Kelly Duane's mediocre documentary squanders a terrific subject: pioneering conservationist David Brower's transformation of the Sierra Club from a hiker's association to a groundbreaking force in the American environmental movement."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"The film makes a very strong case that Brower was 'the greatest conservationist of the 20th century.'"
‑ William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"You'll be wondering why you're sitting passively in a darkened theater, rather than scaling a cliff or rafting down a river."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Combines home movies and interviews with Brower's children and political opponents to create an intriguing portrait of a man determined to protect nature by any means necessary."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"A forceful documentary about the first executive director of the Sierra Club who was also a first-rate environmental crusader."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Its rather pedestrian presentation of facts and an overreliance on title cards leaves Monumental feeling inspirational for sure -- but not so earth-shattering."
‑ , E! Online
"A feast of nourishing images -- as well as a persuasive reminder of what exactly environmentalists are fighting for."
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
"By the time the closing credits roll, you'll be ready to run out and hug a tree."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Hauntingly beautiful."
‑ Ted Fry, Seattle Times
"[A] memorable portrait of one man's immeasurable passion for preservation."
‑ Jordan Reed, Boxoffice Magazine
"Comes to resemble a taxing and impersonal homework assignment."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
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