Surviving Progress

This bracing documentary considers whether human "progress" stemming from the Industrial Age could be paving the way for civilization's collapse. The film asks a range of thinkers whether the modern world might be headed for a "progress trap."
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A slick jeremiad, "Surviving Progress" is expertly made (it's far from tedious) but intellectually muddled.
Mark Feeney, Boston Globe  full review
[A] remarkably cogent, albeit remarkably alarming, film.
Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer  full review
They shy away from proposing solutions, and the filmmakers capture humanizing clashes that illustrate the challenges of finding a balance that serves all parties.
Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune  full review
Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks, adapting a book by Ronald Wright, argue so persuasively that the human race is spinning out of control.
J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader  full review
It's self-evident and tells the truth.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times  full review
Maybe the people in this movie really don't know what they're talking about. In any case, believing them gets you nowhere, because they offer nothing.
Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle  full review
Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks's powerful but pessimistic documentary look at the corner we humans seem to be painting ourselves into, economically, ecologically and otherwise.
Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post  full review
This cautionary documentary makes a strong case that our technological advances are in fact dooming us.
Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter  full review
The cumulative power of so many great minds envisioning our potential self-destruction is undeniable.
Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News  full review
Zippily edited and nicely photographed, "Surviving Progress" is a fine summary of a hot ugly mess. But like too many short documentaries, it can't do justice to its complex topic or finally to those of us watching.
Manohla Dargis, New York Times  full review
A provocative if scattershot documentary from directors Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks, who wander off topic more than once as they introduce myriad other voices.
The anticapitalism prognosis is grim, and the hope offered is slim indeed.
Ernest Hardy, Village Voice  full review
Surviving Progress offers a cinematic wakeup call so cogent and non-didactic even Tea Partyers would be hard-pressed to shrug it off.
Dennis Harvey, Variety  full review
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.
Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail  full review
Crucial, captivating and profoundly disturbing...
Greg Quill, Toronto Star  full review
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