• Released
  • October 21, 2011
  • (Limited 10/21)
  • PG-13 , 1 hr 30 min
  • Documentary
75

Slant Magazine

By Chuck Bowen
Revenge of the Electric Car, which details the resurgence of interest in the mass production of the battery car, is sometimes too slick for its own good.
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75

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Calvin Wilson
Lacks the urgency of "Who Killed the Electric Car?" But Paine's thorough knowledge of his subject, and engaging way with an interview, make the follow-up film a fun ride.
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jennie Punter
Given Paine's penchant for B-movie-sounding titles, let's hope he gets to make it a trilogy that concludes with The Electric Car Lives!
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
So Paine's 2006 doc has a happy sequel. His film is just as polished and good-looking as his first one, gives us a good look at automakers we like, and is entertaining. But the first film was charged with drama. "Revenge" is somewhat anticlimactically charged with a wall plug.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
A curious thing about "Revenge" is that auto executives who might have been portrayed as villains in Paine's earlier documentary are likable characters here.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
Director-writer Chris Paine's upbeat follow-up to his controversial 2006 documentary "Who Killed the Electric Car" features a number of colorful industry leaders in addition to cameos by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jon Favreau.
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70

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Mr. Paine's follow-up lacks the conspiratorial drama of its predecessor, which blamed the EV1's death on the oil industry and the auto industry, tied as they were to the future of the internal combustion engine. But his new documentary is fascinating in its own right.
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The follow-up, Revenge of the Electric Car, arrives today and it's a lesser animal, more hopeful but also more complex and lacking the focused urgency of the original.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Feels more like a postscript than a probing, provocative documentary.
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25

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
This time the execs are lobbying us, yet the public grows increasingly furious as our tax dollars fund corporate welfare, bailouts and dumb ideas like the $41,000 golf cart that is the Chevy Volt.
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63 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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