Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. A rapturous and enlightening look at the history of the environmental movement in America.
  2. Devotees of the "Whole Earth Catalogue" may regard this film as a nostalgia trip, but it's much more comprehensive, more forward-looking than that.
  3. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    80
    A moving, elegiac, deeply contemplative work that leaves the viewer not with a save-the-world checklist, but rather a spirit of hopeful reflection.
  4. 78
    An informative and nonpolemic look at the birth of the modern environmental movement and its various offshoots and key players.
  5. 75
    The rare ecological documentary that doesn’t nag us to run out of the movie theater and change the world.
  6. 75
    Nearly a quarter of the way through Earth Days, the movie seems on-track to being just another tongue-clucking “Isn’t it a pity” doc, painted in broad strokes.
  7. There's great archival footage.
  8. There is a sense of sadness around Earth Days, a sense that opportunities were not capitalized on, that not enough was done.
  9. Feels like a prolonged campfire conversation, filled with weathered, measured talk about holistic thinking and finding a new perspective.
  10. There's little that's new in the retelling, except mellowed musings on Environmentalism 2.0.
  11. Reviewed by: Stephen Farber
    60
    Documentaries are a hard sell these days, and despite the timely, pertinent subject, the film simply doesn't have enough entertainment value to draw an audience to the multiplex.
  12. Even with all the inconvenient truths exposed, Stone's film is still, sadly, inescapably crucial.
  13. A sedate chronicle of the highs and lows of the environmental movement, Earth Days is less a rousing call to action than a bittersweet stroll down memory lane.

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