A gripping, multifaceted thriller about media politics, global economics, and legal infighting. Wherever your sympathies fall, this may teach you a lot about the way the modern world works. full review
One has to wonder if oil industry executives are concerned about the release of Joe Berlinger's damning documentary. full review
What Crude does best is take us behind the scenes and show in often candid detail how campaigns are waged, tactics decided on and strategies prioritized. full review
As the film very eloquently implies, when the greater good is defined as profits, and a lack of culpability is proportionate to your number of shareholders, well . . . a lot of petroleum-soaked chickens will be coming home to roost. full review
At first Crude looks like one more environmental agit-doc intended to outrage and inspire. Director Joe Berlinger is no doctrinaire hack, though. full review
It's a David-and-Goliath tale, full of anger and disturbing accusation, but it's also inspiring. full review
A legal thriller, it's a three-year investigation into the disaster environmentalists call the "Amazonian Chernobyl" that offers both sides of the story and leaves the viewer in the position of jury. full review
Berlinger provides a bracing and intelligent look at how such battles are (and perhaps must be) fought in a world that's hardly lacking when it comes to tales of injustice. full review
No film could convey all the complexities of the case -- what Crude does is air the plaintiffs' claims and show the lawyers at work. full review
Here's a powerhouse of a documentary that makes you feel mad as hell and unwilling to take it anymore. full review
The film is fair (which is different from being objective) and works hard at representing both points of view. That it's already been denounced in some quarters is only proof he has the oil companies worried. full review
Involving doc about the devastating impact of oil exploration on Ecuador's rainforest community.
Mr. Berlinger has both a strong narrative instinct and a keen eye for incongruous, evocative and powerful images.
Joe Berlinger's remarkable documentary, Crude, recounts an infuriating litany of South American exploitation, backroom glad-handing, and bureaucratic dead ends. full review