Before the Flood
Before the Flood (2016)

This epic documentary follows Leonardo DiCaprio as he travels the world to examine firsthand the effects of climate change, and to learn more about possible ways to prevent catastrophic damage that could make the Earth unsustainable for… More

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Rated: PG
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Genre: Documentary
Release Date: October 30, 2016
DVD Release Date: April 18, 2017
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

It should all resemble a vanity project except for one thing: The film lays out the case for reform with steadfast rigor.

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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times

This film promises early on to set itself apart by detailing specific things individuals can do to mitigate the environmental damage, but those suggestions end up being disappointingly few.

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

The first half of the film states the climate change problem, the second half lists solutions, including dietary choices like eating less beef. Because of the solutions listed in the film, it isn't as depressing as it otherwise would be.

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Andrew Barker
Variety

"Before the Flood" may not tackle too much new ground, but given the sincerity of its message, its ability to assemble such a watchable and comprehensive account gives it an undeniable urgency.

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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

"Before the Flood" is neither dull screed nor stat-heavy pamphlet, thanks largely to the questing intensity of its marquee guide.

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Alyssa Rasmus
PopMatters

Regardless of what perspective you have going into the film, there's something to learn from DiCaprio's three-year journey in making it.

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Nick Allen
RogerEbert.com

Another global warming warning sign, more honorable in its intentions than in having a distinct voice to ultimately make a difference.

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Amy Brady
Village Voice

Frustrating but frequently compelling ...

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Common Sense Media

This is one of many documentaries about climate change; many aren't much fun, but with DiCaprio at its center, this one offers crucial, current information, as well as a measure of hope.

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