What Lies Upstream
What Lies Upstream (2018)

In this scandalous political thriller, the filmmaker behind TERMS AND CONDITIONS MAY APPLY takes his investigatory grit to West Virginia where he looks into a mysterious chemical spill that left 300,000 people without drinking water for… More

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Release Date: January 12, 2018
DVD Release Date: January 15, 2018
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Robert Abele
Los Angeles Times

By acknowledging what isn't known about drinking water, but what should be illuminated about the mechanism behind it, "What Lies Upstream" proves an exemplary piece of advocacy filmmaking.

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Joe Leydon

Hoback does an impressive job of methodically building his case. And he's every bit as adroit when it comes to fashioning, over the course of his film, an insightful account of two intriguing players in this ongoing real-life drama.

Kam Williams
Baret News

A sobering expose' issuing a dire warning about the whole damn nation's being on the brink of ecological collapse!

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Ben Kenigsberg
New York Times

Is "What Lies Upstream" persuasive in all respects? No. Will it make you think twice about what's gone unnoticed in your tap water? Absolutely.

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Chris Barsanti
Film Journal International

A powerful cri de couer about terrifyingly lax government oversight of the water supply.

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Andrew Wright
The Stranger (Seattle, WA)

Director Cullen Hoback may follow the standard Michael Moore playbook a little too closely-remember when documentary filmmakers mainly stayed behind the camera?-but the levels of malfeasance that he uncovers are genuinely impressive.

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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter

This quietly chilling wake-up call is sure to be one of the most vital documentaries to hit theaters in 2018.

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Harvey S. Karten
Big Apple Reviews

There's something rotten in the shape of water.

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Matt Cohen
Washington City Paper

Hoback's a thorough researcher, and there's no denying that the questions raised in his doc-and the lack of concrete answers from public officials-should be of grave concern.

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