No Impact Man: The Documentary
No Impact Man: The Documentary (2009)

"No Impact Man" follows the Beaven family as they abandon their high consumption Fifth Avenue lifestyle in an attempt to make a no-net environmental impact for the course of one year.

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 4, 2009
DVD Release Date: January 19, 2010
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Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Half enviro-saving doc, half publicity stunt, No Impact Man is inspiring and fun to both casual activists and hardcore recyclers.

Ty Burr
Boston Globe

No Impact Man is a very confused documentary that somehow puts its confusion to good use.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Like reality TV, there are moments of drama that have an aura of awkward self-consciousness about them and incidents that feel, if not staged, at the very least orchestrated, amped up. But you have to hand it to Beavan and Conlin.

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Siobhan Synnot

Whether gamely playing cards by candlelight or sneaking ice from her workplace fridge when Colin's homemade cooler fails, Michelle is the real star here, emotionally and dramatically.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

This poignant, provocative documentary reduces the green movement to human scale -- and magnifies the size of mountain it's trying to climb.

David Lewis
San Francisco Chronicle

It may not be the greatest of cinematic exercises, and it often feels contrived, but this documentary somehow is enlightening, ridiculous, foreboding and funny at the same time.

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Sophie Ivan

As pure entertainment, No Impact Man seesaws between infuriating and captivating, but gains undeniable brownie points for its light-hearted examination of sustainable living.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

A strange yet riveting portrait of a marriage enduring a year spent making as little environmental impact as possible.

Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

It all seems like a stunt, especially since Beaven has also written a just-published book about his experiences, but he and Conlin are an engaging pair who don't let zealotry get in the way of humor.

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Peter Bradshaw

It advances important and laudable ideas, but in a cliched, gimmicky way.

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Flixster Audience Score: 62% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
A man lives for one year without affecting the environment, which means he uses no electricity, eats only locally produced food, composts all his waste, and… More
Steve K
Fascinating, though not particularly insightful, look at one man (and his family's) attempt to live with out having any negative impact (consumables,… More
Jake ....
Quite honestly, the first thing that struck about Beavan's work, both tthe book and film, was 'why haven't I heard anything about this?' It… More
Walter M.
"No Impact Man" is about writer Colin Beavan who decides to take a more activist approach to his craft. For a year, he plans on reducing his and his… More
Leigh Ryan
Opened my eyes to quite a bit. I don't think I would go to the extremes that this family did, but I know there are a few things that I could change in my… More
Jeff Talbott
How entertaining can trying to lower your environmental footprint be? Evidently very entertaining, if this sweet documentary is any evidence. A film about a… More

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