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Revenge of the Electric Car
In 2006, thousands of new electric cars were purposely destroyed by the same car companies that built them. Today, less than 5 years later, the electric car is back... with a vengeance. In "Revenge of the Electric Car," director Chris Paine takes his film crew behind the closed doors of Nissan, GM, and the Silicon Valley start-up Tesla Motors to chronicle the story of the global resurgence of electric cars. Without using a single drop of foreign oil, this new generation of car is America's future: fast, furious, and cleaner than ever. -- (C) Official Site

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The techie stuff is light and the mood mostly optimistic, which makes for a slightly bland experience."
‑ Dave Calhoun, Time Out
"If you thought you'd never mist up at a nonfiction movie about plug-in autos, you're in for a surprise. This is a surprisingly emotional trip, and a very enjoyable one."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"It's a slick and reassuring follow-up, if a naggingly superficial one..."
‑ Tim Robey, Daily Telegraph
"Following up his 2006's Who Killed The Electric Car, film-maker Chris Paine has a more difficult task here."
‑ Alex Zane, Sun Online
"Here's a rarity: an environmentally themed documentary that's got a positive story to tell."
‑ Miles Fielder, The List
""Revenge of the Electric Car" lacks the urgency of "Who Killed the Electric Car?" But Paine's thorough knowledge of his subject, and engaging way with an interview, make the follow-up film a fun ride."
‑ Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Once a muckraker, Paine now acts mostly as a cheerleader, and his slick new movie trades heavily in the sort of flattering CEO profiles that grace the covers of business magazines."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"It's an unexciting story, told in an excited manner..."
‑ Philip French, Observer [UK]
"Does Paine owe capitalism an apology? The market for electric cars was there, after all, and electric cars finally came along."
‑ Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"There were high hopes of a warts-and-all follow-up to Paine's first film exposing the big guns of automotive, but it hasn't materialised."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"As filmmaking goes, Paine's follow-up is a dud."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"The first film was charged with drama. "Revenge" is somewhat anticlimactically charged with a wall plug."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A surprisingly optimistic progress report."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"I await the next, more adjusting swing of the roundabout for Paine and volt-powered automotion: perhaps, The Electric Car Settles into a Median State Equidistant Between Success and Failure."
‑ Nigel Andrews, Financial Times
"The resulting puff-piece is a warning to crusading filmmakers about what happens after they've beaten the system."
‑ Simon Kinnear, Total Film
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