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  • Release Date: May 17, 2013
Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 5 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Reviewed by: Dennis Harvey
    Jun 27, 2013
    70
    While written epilogues provide upbeat updates on the subjects’ endeavors, the overall impression is one of a draining uphill struggle for relatively little personal reward given the enormous stakes involved in the planet’s continued ecological destruction.
  2. Reviewed by: Inkoo Kang
    May 14, 2013
    70
    Elemental isn't essential, but it's a fascinating if limited portrait of the diversity of eco-warriordom today.
  3. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Jun 27, 2013
    63
    Elemental speaks to the importance of protecting the natural elements: water, air, earth. It’s a beautifully filmed piece, even when it’s showing us white clouds of pollutants billowing out of a smokestack.
  4. Reviewed by: Drew Hunt
    May 13, 2013
    63
    More than some run-of-the-mill social-awareness doc, the film pays as much attention to the personal and emotional strife of its subjects as it does to their activism.
  5. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    May 16, 2013
    60
    The filmmakers behind Elemental might have done better to commit to a single portrait and been more fearless about avoiding familiar oratory, but small steps are progress too.

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