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  • Summary: Manufactured Landscapes begins as a portrait of acclaimed Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky, who specializes in large-scale images of vast industrial landscapes. It quickly develops into a meditation on the human and environmental costs of the permanent and profound changes our planet is experiencing. Focusing on Burtynsky's images of China as it undergoes an unprecedented transformation into a 21st century powerhouse, the film’s surface is beautiful, its implications frightening. Largely shot by Peter Mettler, it captures a brave new world that manages to be both luscious and unutterably repellent, often simultaneously. (Film Forum) Expand
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. 100
    Manufactured Landscapes may tell you more about how the 21st century world actually works than you really want to know, but it's a heartbreaking, beautiful, awful and awesome film.
  2. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    100
    An eloquent ecological warning.
  3. Reviewed by: Kenneth Baker
    100
    Leaves its audience with many troubling questions. Among them: Should a film console us with its own brilliance when it aims to discomfit us with its content?
  4. 75
    Burtynsky doesn't preach. He's content to let viewers make up their own minds from his eye-opening and eye-pleasing images.
  5. 70
    Slow in places, but the feeling of foreboding you’ll take away from it is undeniable.
  6. 70
    The same virtue doesn't apply to his commentary, which is too general to rise above the pedestrian; the movie works best traveling from the eye straight to the conscience.
  7. Feels constrained and rather dutiful, no matter how passionate these people are about what they're observing.

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
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  3. Negative: 2 out of 3
  1. Mar 31, 2011
    2
    Equivalent to staring at a wall for it's running time. What could have been an interesting documentary on Burtynsky's art comes off as pretentious and unnecessary. It all amounts to a big "so what" when it should and could have been so much more. Expand

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