Last Call at the Oasis

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. 75
    There is nothing dry about Last Call at the Oasis, Jessica Yu's engaging, informative and fast-flowing documentary exploring the global water crisis.
  2. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    May 10, 2012
    75
    One can argue the movie's finer points, but in the end, there's no escaping its creeping pile-up of evidence that Mother Earth is critically dehydrated - and we need to do something, fast.
  3. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    May 11, 2012
    75
    As a lucid, emotionally involving portrait of the looming crisis surrounding water - supplies of which are dwindling as contamination rises - Jessica Yu's smartly constructed argument works less as a tutorial than as an infectiously impassioned call to arms.
  4. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Apr 30, 2012
    70
    Whether the glass is half full or half empty isn't the point of the effervescent Last Call at the Oasis: It's whether there'll be anything in the glass at all.
  5. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Apr 30, 2012
    70
    Following the template of documentaries bent on scaring viewers silly, Oasis winds up with a segment pointing to glimmers of hope, one of which addresses the marketing challenge of convincing citizens that recycled waste water is safe for drinking.
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    May 3, 2012
    60
    Oasis also takes aim at the bottled-water industry, entertainingly calling in psychologists to break down our fears of what is - or isn't - contaminating what we drink.
  7. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Apr 30, 2012
    50
    Both an informative bit of agitprop and an ultra slick and slightly self-satisfied bit of entertainment.

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  1. Nov 15, 2012
    8
    Documentaries, at least to me, are rated using a modified 10 scale. The quality and "watchability" of the film are of course important, butDocumentaries, at least to me, are rated using a modified 10 scale. The quality and "watchability" of the film are of course important, but with a documentary, the relevance of the subject matter is critical. The issue of global fresh water depletion and pollution is a serious issue that most Americans are completely oblivious to, but that matter is as important as anything you need to consider as a concerned adult. This film does a superior job of explaining this issue in terms that most anyone can comprehend. You should watch this film. Collapse

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