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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Netflix Rating: 3.9
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 74%
Critics' score: 74   Audience score: 76   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

A slick jeremiad, "Surviving Progress" is expertly made (it's far from tedious) but intellectually muddled. full review

Mark Feeney, Boston Globe

[A] remarkably cogent, albeit remarkably alarming, film. full review

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

They shy away from proposing solutions, and the filmmakers capture humanizing clashes that illustrate the challenges of finding a balance that serves all parties. full review

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Mathieu Roy and Harold Crooks, adapting a book by Ronald Wright, argue so persuasively that the human race is spinning out of control. full review

J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader

It's self-evident and tells the truth. full review

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

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. full review

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

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. full review

Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post

This cautionary documentary makes a strong case that our technological advances are in fact dooming us. full review

Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter

The cumulative power of so many great minds envisioning our potential self-destruction is undeniable. full review

Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News

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. full review

Manohla Dargis, New York Times

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. full review

The anticapitalism prognosis is grim, and the hope offered is slim indeed. full review

Ernest Hardy, Village Voice

Surviving Progress offers a cinematic wakeup call so cogent and non-didactic even Tea Partyers would be hard-pressed to shrug it off. full review

Dennis Harvey, Variety

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. full review

Stephen Cole, Globe and Mail

Crucial, captivating and profoundly disturbing... full review

Greg Quill, Toronto Star
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