Fuel (2008)

In this feature-length documentary, filmmaker and biofuel advocate Josh Tickell explores the origins of America's dependence on fossil fuels, eventually detailing the cross-country road trip that he took in his biodiesel-converted van,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: October 17, 2008
DVD Release Date: June 22, 2010
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Critic Score: 72% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times

Thanks to an informative, buoyant tone and the director's own restless intelligence, the film preaches to the unconverted with passion, energy and graphics so clear that they would make Al Gore weep all over his PowerPoint.

Brian Miller
Village Voice

There's not a single (even moderately) dissenting voice in Fuel; you're either on the biodiesel bandwagon or raping the planet.

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

shows the not-so-shocking connections between the auto industry, the oil industry and the government, prescriptively offering alternatives ...

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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle

A peppy, bouncy documentary that is watchable and informative, although Tickell's celebrity name-dropping at times detracts from the serious message.

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

One of the refreshing traits of this action-nudging documentary is Tickell's willingness to wrestle his own biases.

Norm Schrager

Tickell keeps the film hopping along, far more interested in the positive than a woe-is-us mentality

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Aaron Hillis
Time Out

It's a slickly enjoyable production (if unfocused and bloated), and his bullet-point tips are persuasive; but dude, there are better ways to humanize these issues than crying on camera.

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

Smartly animated interstitials, memorable archival material and a lively soundtrack round out the fast-paced proceedings.

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Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

A good natured cheer-leading session for clean vehicles, "Fuel" is several measures short of the intensity it will take to put Hummers where they belong---in museums.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
This thesis-driven documentary makes the case for biofuels as a viable replacement for oil. On another site, I make the case that conflating our involvement… More