Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 14
  2. Negative: 2 out of 14

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Jun 22, 2011
    100
    The film sweeps us up like a thriller, forcing us to at least ask whether terrorism like the ELF's (which targeted property, never human lives) might ever be justified.
  2. Reviewed by: Michael Atkinson
    Jun 21, 2011
    90
    Takes us through reams of fascinating drama, from the first heroic forest-saving protests to the reactive police violence and resulting dead-of-night firebombs to the core group's implosion after the FBI tightens the net.
  3. Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    Jul 21, 2011
    83
    Never loses sight of the human beings at the heart of the conflict -- no matter what side of the conflict they're on.
  4. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Jun 23, 2011
    80
    A remarkably evenhanded story about an eager young activist who was drawn down a slippery slope toward property destruction and violence, and who wound up as a baffled defendant in a widely publicized federal terrorism case.
  5. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Jun 21, 2011
    80
    The film's sobriety and carefully balanced arguments make it an exemplary piece of reporting, although its emotional heat rarely rises to a boil.
  6. Reviewed by: Lauren Wissot
    Jun 18, 2011
    63
    While it may not pack the rollicking drama of his first feature, Street Fight, Marshall Curry's timely If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front likewise chronicles the personal tale behind political headlines.
User Score
6.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. j30
    Jan 30, 2012
    8
    A compelling, well told story of one particular ELF member named Daniel McGowan. I don't want to give away too much of the story. It's anA compelling, well told story of one particular ELF member named Daniel McGowan. I don't want to give away too much of the story. It's an inspiring movie that makes you want to take up a cause or change something about your life. Full Review »