• Released
  • May 4, 2012
  • PG-13 , 1 hr 45 min
  • Documentary
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75

Washington Post

By Ann Hornaday
As a lucid, emotionally involving portrait of the looming crisis surrounding water - supplies of which are dwindling as contamination rises - Jessica Yu's smartly constructed argument works less as a tutorial than as an infectiously impassioned call to arms.
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jennie Punter
There is nothing dry about Last Call at the Oasis, Jessica Yu's engaging, informative and fast-flowing documentary exploring the global water crisis.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
One can argue the movie's finer points, but in the end, there's no escaping its creeping pile-up of evidence that Mother Earth is critically dehydrated - and we need to do something, fast.
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75

New York Post

The most engaging is straight-shooting Erin Brockovich (whom you'll remember from that Julia Roberts pic), still helping average Joes fight uphill battles against corporate toxin-dumping.
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70

Movieline

Last Call at the Oasis makes a convincing case that we're on the verge of both "Waterworld" and large scale Erin Brockovich-style scenarios.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
Following the template of documentaries bent on scaring viewers silly, Oasis winds up with a segment pointing to glimmers of hope, one of which addresses the marketing challenge of convincing citizens that recycled waste water is safe for drinking.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Oasis also takes aim at the bottled-water industry, entertainingly calling in psychologists to break down our fears of what is - or isn't - contaminating what we drink.
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60

Time Out New York

By Joshua Rothkopf
Still, the problem that often fells these documentaries - humorlessness - has been licked: Jack Black makes an exuberant cameo pitching recycled toilet water (his fake brand is called Porcelain Springs). Sound gross? Open wide, because it's on the menu for all of us.
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50

Slant Magazine

By Andrew Schenker
Both an informative bit of agitprop and an ultra slick and slightly self-satisfied bit of entertainment.
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50

NPR

By Mark Jenkins
The movie presents grim assessments from such experts as the Pacific Institute's Peter Gleick and professor and author Robert Glennon, yet it ends with a flurry of hopeful notes.
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64 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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