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  • Summary: Three years in the making, this riveting new documentary from acclaimed filmmaker Joe Berlinger (Brother's Keeper, Paradise Lost, Metallica: Some Kind of Monster) tells the epic story of one of the largest and most controversial legal cases on the planet. An inside look at the infamous $27 billion "Amazon Chernobyl" case, Crude is a real-life, high stakes legal drama involving global politics, the environmental movement, celebrity activism, human rights advocacy, multinational corporate power, and the fate of disappearing indigenous cultures. (First Run Features) Expand
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  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    90
    Remarkable documentary.
  2. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    88
    If the movie is any indication, Chevron would have the public believe there was no Amazon at all -- something people might be willing to believe, were Berlinger not sticking Crude in their faces.
  3. 88
    Here’s a powerhouse of a documentary that makes you feel mad as hell and unwilling to take it anymore.
  4. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    80
    Picture makes an engrossing case for justice.
  5. No film could convey all the complexities of the case - what Crude does is air the plaintiffs' claims and show the lawyers at work.
  6. What makes Crude worthy of the overused term “epic” is the way the case symbolizes a host of contemporary issues: the iron-fistedness of multinational corporations; environmental despoliation; the disappearance of indigenous cultures; and the power of celebrity and the media to influence justice.
  7. 25
    Like its subject, a lawsuit that is expected to go on for another 10 years, Crude has no ending. This is the perfect ending for this Goliath versus Goliath documentary about powerful personal-injury lawyers taking on a powerful corporation.

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