• Released
  • April 6, 2011
  • 1 hr 26 min
  • Documentary
88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Surviving Progress is a bright, entertaining (!), coherent argument in favor of these principles I have simplified so briefly. It's self-evident and tells the truth.
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80

New Orleans Times-Picayune

By Mike Scott
With beautiful, artful images serving to break up the monotony of the film's wealth of talking heads, Surviving Progress is at times as visually striking as it is persuasive.
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75

Slant Magazine

By turning the idea of progress on its head, the nimble Surviving Progress exquisitely presents to us the possibility that humankind's achievements may cause its downfall.
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63

St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
Surviving Progress reiterates arguments made in movies such as "An Inconvenient Truth" and "Inside Job," it marshals minds such as Jane Goodall and Stephen Hawking, and it utilizes artful imagery reminiscent of films such as "Koyaanisqatsi" and "Up the Yangtze."
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63

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Stephen Cole
Though often fascinating and beautiful to look at, Surviving Progress falls into the adapting-a-book-into-a-movie trap. Trying to do too much too fast.
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60

NPR

By Mark Jenkins
After nearly 90 minutes of human folly, though, Surviving Progress can't very well conclude with a tribute to mankind. So, to end on a hopeful note, the movie turns to a chimp.
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
The cumulative power of so many great minds envisioning our potential self-destruction is undeniable. You may start planning your move off the grid before the movie even ends.
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50

Boston Globe

By Mark Feeney
More to the point, the title doubles as accusation. Progress is dangerous and requires survival tactics, just as a hurricane or avalanche does.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
The name of this documentary is Surviving Progress, but that's only because "The Sky Is Falling and We're All Gonna Die" wouldn't fit on a marquee.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
As with many films of its ilk, Surviving Progress takes on more than it can comfortably handle, veering haphazardly from subject to subject.
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59 out of 100
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