Manufactured Landscapes
Manufactured Landscapes (2007)

Jennifer Baichwal follows the much acclaimed Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky while he travels the globe shooting landscapes transformed through commercial recycling, manufacturing and industrial production. The film not only captures… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: June 20, 2007
DVD Release Date: November 20, 2007
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Critic Score: 84% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Marta Barber
Miami Herald

What the film does well is to make us part of the problem: After all we demand the lowest prices in everything we buy and that probably means it was made in China.

Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

Burtynsky calls for "a whole new way of thinking" about the world's economy and ecology, though he never says what's wrong with the old way.

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Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film

There is nothing wrong with Baichwal's camerawork, with a fascinating opening eight-minute shot of it roaming across a Chinese factory floor, particularly stunning - but everything lacks depth.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Canadian fine art photographer Edward Burtynsky shoots the recycling dumps, superfactories, vast quarries and shipyards, capturing visual beauty in the ecological devastation.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

The movie works best traveling from the eye straight to the conscience.

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Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies

Burtynsky's awe-inspiring work ultimately speaks for itself.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

Feels constrained and rather dutiful, no matter how passionate these people are about what they're observing.

Kenneth Baker
San Francisco Chronicle

Again and again, Baichwal tapers passages of her film toward resolution in the form of a finished picture by Burtynsky, telescoping her vision and his.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Each of Burtynsky's subjects is impressive in its scale, but terrifying in its ecological impact.

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Flixster Audience Score: 80% Flixster User Reviews
Jake ....
One of the better documentaries I have seen. It manages to be both socially relevant and provogative, and also very artistic. That seems like quite an… More
John Ballantine
A worthy effort and the creation of artificial ugly landscapes is something worth viewing if not quite enjoyable. Baichwal however has a history of taking an… More
Daniel Hetteix
Long, with little insight into either the photographer or his subjects. A slide-show gallery tour of his work, suited more for a museum installation than a… More
meril lupin
Phenomenally beautiful. It goes much deeper than An Inconvenient Truth, but it can do that because it's not about stuffing a message down our throats.… More
Walter M.
"Manufactured Landscapes" is a moderately interesting documentary about Edward Burtynsky who specializes in taking photographs of industry and… More