The Big Uneasy
The Big Uneasy (2010)

Almost five years ago, a disaster struck New Orleans. The media said it was a natural disaster primarily affecting poor black people. On both counts, the media was wrong. In his feature-length documentary The Big Uneasy, humorist and New… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: August 30, 2010
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

By the end of "The Big Uneasy" the viewer is convinced that we weren't told the whole story back in 2005, and appalled by the retaliation faced by some who spoke out.

Nathan Rabin
AV Club

While Shearer's affection for his part-time home is palpable, the film's dry, academic treatment of its subject does the city a profound disservice.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Behaves like a straight-ahead investigative news piece. Its target is the US Army Corps of Engineers.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

"The Big Uneasy" lacks the dramatic impact and artistic imagination of many recent docs about environmental issues.

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David Fear
Time Out

Whistle-blowing works best without gratuitous pop-doc debris, but there are only so many dry, fact-heavy testimonies from engineers you can take before a certain dullness uneasily settles in.

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Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine

The film confirms that the real scandal behind Katrina is too deep, too knotty, and too technical to permeate our cultural understanding of the event and incite the rage it deserves.

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Lou Lumenick
New York Post

"The Big Uneasy" is scary stuff indeed.

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Ernest Hardy
Village Voice

Shearer builds an airtight case to prove his thesis, and one of his most chilling arguments is a roll call of brave souls whose lives and careers have been systematically wrecked in pursuit of the truth.

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Frank Lovece
Film Journal International

A comedian's well-meaning but muddled documentary about the Army Corps of Engineers' pre-Katrina failings in New Orleans is a narrative mess of 20/20 hindsight.

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