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Bill Haney's ecological documentary The Last Mountain traces the horrific ecological fallout from the practice of mountain-top removal that has been employed throughout West Virginia. The filmmakers show how local communities, with the help of such national figures in ecology as Robert F. Kennedy Jr., stand up to industries that are making decisions harmful to their lives. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[A] thoughtful and elegantly made documentary."
‑ Jennie Punter, Globe and Mail
"When you see a 91-year-old woman in a flag-draped wheelchair arrested for daring to challenge Massey's policies at the governor's office, you can't help but feel you're witnessing an American tragedy."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"trenchant, impassioned"
‑ Jay Antani, Cinema Writer
"Bill Haney's searing indictment of coal mining-especially the mountain top variety-is a timely reminder of the dangers of relying on non-renewable energy resources to keep most of our electricity requirements on the grid."
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
"Haney glides past the drama in the stories of those people."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"The picture is as grim as the wasteland that remains after the "mountain top removal" process undertaken by coal companies to reveal the rich seams of coals that lie underneath."
‑ Bruce Demara, Toronto Star
"The coal industry's tactics are appalling. But to a lesser extent so is this."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"You can't look at those manmade scars and not feel your blood boil, and that anger flows throughout Bill Haney's fiery documentary "The Last Mountain.""
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"If faith could move mountains..."
‑ Robert Denerstein, Movie Habit
"An even tone and attention to detail compensate for a lack of dissenting voices, and make "The Last Mountain" a compelling examination of a complex topic."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
"The film presents a devastatingly airtight, dramatic argument."
‑ Paul de Barros, Seattle Times
"A film like "The Last Mountain" fills me with restless anger."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"The coal mining industry has a lot to answer for."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
"Bite-size facts about mountaintop mining are splashed on the screen, but no substantiating sources are for the information are credited."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
"As Bill Haney's infuriating, straightforward documentary argues, the coal industry is not only poisoning our air and water but our democracy as well."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
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