Radiant City
Radiant City (2007)

Radiant City, which represents the first collaboration between documentarist Gary Burns and journalist Jim Brown, takes as its springboard thesis the idea that suburban life is quickly becoming the norm for families across North America. It… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: April 14, 2007
DVD Release Date: March 4, 2008
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Critic Score: 94% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Noel Murray
AV Club

The faux-documentary aspect of Radiant City is a huge gamble that doesn't pay off.

Aaron Hillis
Village Voice

[An] enlightening and disturbingly funny critique of North American suburban sprawl.

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Louis Proyect

A sardonic look at suburban sprawl in Calgary. With its wry surrealistic touches, this is a movie that makes you smile while it makes you think. Highly recommended

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Suburban sprawl takes a well-deserved hit in Radiant City, a documentary by Canadian filmmaker Gary Burns and journalist Jim Brown.

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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star

Radiant City is a movie about communities that offer everything prospective citizens might want or need, save this: a human reason to live there.

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Christopher Null

a very well crafted and easy to watch movie

Matt Zoller Seitz
New York Times

Blending documentary elements and some dramatic material, Radiant City is an acerbic position paper on the cultural damage done by postwar architectural fads.

Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

Although this National Film Board-produced film is promoted as a documentary, it's really a combination of essay and drama about that favourite bugbear, suburbia.

Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Author James Howard Kunstler says the suburban landscape is "brutal" and "soul-draining," and it's hard to argue when the filmmakers show him sitting in a bike path "rest area," a little bench behind a chain-link fence with a view of the freeway.

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Flixster Audience Score: 76% Flixster User Reviews
John Ballantine
Why do they call this a documentary? It is made to look like a documentary but the people involved are all actors? Oops was that a spoiler? Serves you right… More
Patrick Dolan
One sided at times, but definitely makes it clear that it is one sided, in a way. It's also a very beautiful looking film, and the shots are composed… More