Surviving Progress
Surviving Progress (2012)

Humanity's ascent is often measured by the speed of progress. But what if progress is actually spiraling us downwards, towards collapse? Ronald Wright, whose best-seller, A Short History Of Progress inspired Surviving Progress, shows… More

Rated: G
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Release Date: September 25, 2012
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

These are critically important issues, but it needs a sharper point to get through thick skulls, and even evolved humans who are tired of the treadmill of progress might ask: What else is new?

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

They shy away from proposing solutions, and the filmmakers capture humanizing clashes that illustrate the challenges of finding a balance that serves all parties.

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Alistair Harkness

Persuasively argued in places, the film never really gets beyond the surface. That, however, may also be the point.

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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe

A slick jeremiad, "Surviving Progress" is expertly made (it's far from tedious) but intellectually muddled.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks, adapting a book by Ronald Wright, argue so persuasively that the human race is spinning out of control.

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Witney Seibold

But this is not a film interested in partisan finger-wagging, nor is it looking to place blame directly on one specific group or another (despite some pretty heavy glances toward [some] politicians). No. "Surviving Progress" is more philosophical.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

[A] remarkably cogent, albeit remarkably alarming, film.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It's self-evident and tells the truth.

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Sarah Boslaugh

Instead of providing anything in the way of new ideas or even in-depth treatment of old ideas, Surviving Progress is content to be the world's longest book trailer.

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