The End of the Line
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"The End of the Line" is the first major documentary about the imminent peril facing the world's oceans. Narrated by Ted Danson and based on the book by Charles Clover, the film explores the devastating effect that over-fishing is having on fish stocks and the health of our oceans. Scientists predict that if we continue fishing at the current rate, the planet will completely run out of fish by 2048. More than just a doomsday warning, "The End of the Line:" offers real, practical solutions that are simple and doable, including advocating for controlled fishing of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 78%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"If the tone is occasionally off-putting, the message -- at least, the facts about the fish -- is harder to shrug off."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"It's hard not to feel that the vital information in The End of the Line may have been more effectively relayed by Clover's original book or by a movie whose methods were less pedantic and pedestrian."
‑ Jason Anderson, Toronto Star
"This is a documentary that will change the way you think about seafood and give you the power of knowledge to make a change."
‑ Narelle Towie, Sunday Times (Australia)
"There are an irritating number of fish and ocean montages with plaintive music which makes the film longer than it need be, but there's no denying the impact of its content."
‑ Margaret Pomeranz, At the Movies (Australia)
"Informative and alarming, if a little dry in its singular message and barrage of statistics."
‑ Tricia Olszewski, Washington City Paper
"With commendable clarity, it lays out the data."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Another day, another film about environmental collapse."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"As the final credits roll you feel like you've been on an emotional rollercoaster -- the same as you might if you'd just watched a moderately successful Hollywood disaster movie."
‑ Jason Di Rosso, MovieTime, ABC Radio National
"It's compelling viewing, and outlines the problem -- and the solution -- in minute detail."
‑ Annette Basile, FILMINK (Australia)
"A gorgeously filmed cautionary tale about how industrial fishing is depriving little guys of their livelihood and depleting the once-vast supply."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"This movie wants to cover every base without thinking very deeply about them. So while a lot of ground is covered in 80 brisk minutes, the information presented is only abstractly useful."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"The End of the Line documents what threatens to become an irreversible decline in aquatic populations within 40 years."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Revelations about the tonnes of wasted sealife caught and discarded annually and the destructive effects of practices such as bottom-trawling, are head-spinning in their immensity."
‑ Simon Foster,
"Forget 2012. 2012. According to The End of the Line, the year right-minded folk should be dreading is 2048."
‑ Leigh Paatsch, Courier Mail (Australia)
"Plenty of fish in the sea? Time to learn a new adage."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
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