No Impact Man: The Documentary
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No Impact Man: The Documentary
"No Impact Man" follows the Beaven family as they abandon their high consumption Fifth Avenue lifestyle in an attempt to make a no-net environmental impact for the course of one year.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

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"No Impact Man is a very confused documentary that somehow puts its confusion to good use."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Like reality TV, there are moments of drama that have an aura of awkward self-consciousness about them and incidents that feel, if not staged, at the very least orchestrated, amped up. But you have to hand it to Beavan and Conlin."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Whether gamely playing cards by candlelight or sneaking ice from her workplace fridge when Colin's homemade cooler fails, Michelle is the real star here, emotionally and dramatically."
‑ Siobhan Synnot, Scotsman
"It doesn't sound like fun, and it isn't fun to watch."
‑ Tom Seymour, Little White Lies
"An intriguing documentary offering trial and experiment."
‑ Patrick Peters, Empire Magazine
"This poignant, provocative documentary reduces the green movement to human scale -- and magnifies the size of mountain it's trying to climb."
‑ Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"It may not be the greatest of cinematic exercises, and it often feels contrived, but this documentary somehow is enlightening, ridiculous, foreboding and funny at the same time."
‑ David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle
"As pure entertainment, No Impact Man seesaws between infuriating and captivating, but gains undeniable brownie points for its light-hearted examination of sustainable living."
‑ Sophie Ivan, Film4
"Amiable enough, though it resembles a marketing tool for Beavan's book about his project."
‑ David Gritten, Daily Telegraph
"Where the stunt ends and experiment begins is hard to tell..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seanax.com
"A strange yet riveting portrait of a marriage enduring a year spent making as little environmental impact as possible."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"It all seems like a stunt, especially since Beaven has also written a just-published book about his experiences, but he and Conlin are an engaging pair who don't let zealotry get in the way of humor."
‑ Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor
"It advances important and laudable ideas, but in a cliched, gimmicky way."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"While the hero may be resistible, this still makes for compelling viewing."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"what he and his family learned that they could do without and do without as a way of enriching their lives is both provocative and enviable"
‑ Andrea Chase, Killer Movie Reviews
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