Revenge of the Electric Car


Generally favorable reviews - based on 19 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 19
  2. Negative: 1 out of 19

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Randy Cordova
    Nov 3, 2011
    Ultimately, Revenge of the Electric Car is like meeting with an overeager salesman. In real life, that's not necessarily an unpleasant experience, but it also doesn't last 90 minutes.
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Nov 3, 2011
    The follow-up, Revenge of the Electric Car, arrives today and it's a lesser animal, more hopeful but also more complex and lacking the focused urgency of the original.
  3. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Nov 10, 2011
    I'd have preferred less personality stuff and more hard information about the current technical and commercial challenges, but if polishing these guys' egos is the only way to make them do the right thing, then so be it.
  4. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Nov 9, 2011
    So Paine's 2006 doc has a happy sequel. His film is just as polished and good-looking as his first one, gives us a good look at automakers we like, and is entertaining. But the first film was charged with drama. "Revenge" is somewhat anticlimactically charged with a wall plug.
  5. Reviewed by: Mindy Farabee
    Oct 21, 2011
    The resulting roller-coaster ride, well shot and sharply paced, is so friendly to the corporate types its predecessor targeted that Nissan is sponsoring screenings.
  6. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Oct 21, 2011
    This time the execs are lobbying us, yet the public grows increasingly furious as our tax dollars fund corporate welfare, bailouts and dumb ideas like the $41,000 golf cart that is the Chevy Volt.
  7. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Nov 17, 2011
    Feels more like a postscript than a probing, provocative documentary.
  8. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Oct 21, 2011
    Paine seems delighted to root for all three companies and essentially declares a three-way tie, which may be fine for the moment.
  9. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Nov 3, 2011
    A curious thing about "Revenge" is that auto executives who might have been portrayed as villains in Paine's earlier documentary are likable characters here.
  10. Oct 18, 2011
    Revenge of the Electric Car, which details the resurgence of interest in the mass production of the battery car, is sometimes too slick for its own good.
  11. Reviewed by: Calvin Wilson
    Nov 23, 2011
    Lacks the urgency of "Who Killed the Electric Car?" But Paine's thorough knowledge of his subject, and engaging way with an interview, make the follow-up film a fun ride.
  12. 75
    Given Paine's penchant for B-movie-sounding titles, let's hope he gets to make it a trilogy that concludes with The Electric Car Lives!
  13. Reviewed by: Frank Scheck
    Oct 16, 2011
    Director-writer Chris Paine's upbeat follow-up to his controversial 2006 documentary "Who Killed the Electric Car" features a number of colorful industry leaders in addition to cameos by Arnold Schwarzenegger and Jon Favreau.
  14. Reviewed by: Daniel M. Gold
    Oct 20, 2011
    In the end, Revenge of the Electric Car is a slick, enjoyable valentine to a retooling industry. This optimistic film lacks the outrage of the earlier work, but that's O.K. A movement needs its triumphs too.
  15. Oct 18, 2011
    The documentary soon becomes just a chronologically structured update of continuing progress, one that functions like a mildly engaging but generally inconclusive "Time" magazine feature. Anybody throwing the word revenge around right now is being a tad premature.
  16. Reviewed by: Simon Kinnear
    Jan 18, 2015
    The resulting puff-piece is a warning to crusading filmmakers about what happens after they’ve beaten the system.
  17. Reviewed by: Ronnie Scheib
    Oct 16, 2011
    Revenge is a disappointment. Admittedly, the picture deploys the same kind of cinematic bells and whistles that made "Killed" so enjoyable. But without true tension, the documentary feels as slickly manufactured as its va-va-voom subject.
  18. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Oct 18, 2011
    Sleekly designed (Tim Robbins narrates) with excellent mileage, Revenge is a balm for beaten-down times. In lieu of a business case for ethics, it tells the story of that rare moment when the bottom line finally dovetails with the greater good.
  19. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Oct 20, 2011
    Mr. Paine's follow-up lacks the conspiratorial drama of its predecessor, which blamed the EV1's death on the oil industry and the auto industry, tied as they were to the future of the internal combustion engine. But his new documentary is fascinating in its own right.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 1 out of 1
  1. Jan 26, 2012
    Rundown of the electric car market but doesn't deliver anything new than what a casual observer of the trend doesn't already know. There isRundown of the electric car market but doesn't deliver anything new than what a casual observer of the trend doesn't already know. There is also a bitterness to the movie which feels like the personal opinion of the producer infecting the script. It may have scored higher but for the almost hatred shown for carlos the CEO of Nissan/Renault and for the suspiciously complete omission of the Toyota Prius. Not one mention. I am guessing since the film makers were not given access to Toyota and their EV developments that they would have their own 'Revenge' and not mention them. Childish and detracts from what film making should be about. Full Review »