• Released
  • June 22, 2011
  • 1 hr 25 min
  • Documentary
If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front Synopsis
Feds arrest Daniel McGowan and 13 others in a nationwide sweep of environmental terrorists.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The film sweeps us up like a thriller, forcing us to at least ask whether terrorism like the ELF's (which targeted property, never human...
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Portland Oregonian

By Shawn Levy
Never loses sight of the human beings at the heart of the conflict -- no matter what side of the conflict they're on.
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Slant Magazine

While it may not pack the rollicking drama of his first feature, Street Fight, Marshall Curry's timely If a Tree Falls: A Story of the...
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Despite their efforts to address most sides of this complex story, each new interview leaves us wanting to know even more. Of course,...
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The Hollywood Reporter

Curry and co-editor Matthew Hamachek assemble the wide-ranging material into an informative, compelling story line, although details about...
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Time Out New York

Considering its incendiary subject, Curry's approach is disarmingly tame; perhaps reframing the debate in less volatile terms is some kind...
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Boxoffice Magazine

By Steve Ramos
Instead of a topic documentary, If a Tree Falls becomes the personal story of a well-intentioned man whose passion for the environment...
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Boston Globe

By Mark Feeney
The problem is that the heart of the movie is McGowan. He's just not a very compelling figure. He's a bit doughy and inert.
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New York Post

By Kyle Smith
In the appalling documentary If a Tree Falls, a narrator referring to an arson attack by the Earth Liberation Front solemnly intones, "In...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
Depressing. So is director Marshall Curry's avowal in the press notes that the film will leave viewers with "a more nuanced view of the...
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