Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21
  1. 88
    Here’s a powerhouse of a documentary that makes you feel mad as hell and unwilling to take it anymore.
  2. What's less clear, and more maddening, is how several generations of Ecuadorans have been left to live on toxic land, their health and livelihoods compromised, while lawyers file motions and counter-motions and blame is passed around.
  3. It's a David-and-Goliath tale, full of anger and disturbing accusation, but it's also inspiring.
  4. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    90
    Remarkable documentary.
  5. 90
    Ahead of us lie many more documentaries similar in tone and spirit to this one. We can hope that at least a few of them are as intelligently and artfully made.
  6. 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.
  7. 83
    Crude is so crammed with facts and figures that it can be a little dizzying, but what’s more important is what Berlinger records between all the talking-head interviews and vérité footage.
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. nickj
    Sep 13, 2009
    8
    A powerful and affecting documentary. The brilliance of Crude is that it does not only show the side of the people being affected by the oil. A powerful and affecting documentary. The brilliance of Crude is that it does not only show the side of the people being affected by the oil. It first shows you Chevron's view, then systematically proves it wrong. This seals up all the cracks of usual documentary making. Great job! Full Review »