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  • Summary: Darwin's Nightmare is a tale about humans between the North and South, about globilization and about fish. (Cellulois Dreams)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. 100
    But for all its bleakness, Nightmare is a film that demands to be seen. In unflinching terms, it captures the hellish existence endured by the many so that the few may wallow in privilege.
  2. Mr. Sauper has produced an extraordinary work of visual journalism, a richly illustrated report on a distant catastrophe that is also one of the central stories of our time.
  3. 90
    Darwin's Nightmare strings together cruel ironies into a work of harrowing lucidity. It illuminates the sinister logic of a new world order that depends on corrupt globalization to put an acceptable face on age-old colonialism.
  4. 80
    What gradually comes into focus is a terrifying, appalling, infuriating cycle of exploitation and corruption.
  5. 80
    Among the most depressing films ever made...It's a stomach-turning tale of globalization at its very worst, though what any of this has to do with Darwin is unclear to me.
  6. Reviewed by: G. Allen Johnson
    75
    At times quite powerful.
  7. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    63
    The documentary tries to pin Africa's suffering on capitalism, but dances around the real problem. Africa starves because corrupt governments own the natural resources and export them to buy weapons to keep their people at bay.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 21
  2. Negative: 5 out of 21