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  • Summary: Technological advancement, economic development, population increase - are they signs of a thriving society? Or too much of a good thing? Based on the best-selling book A Short History of Progress, this provocative documentary explores the concept of progress in our modern world, guiding us through a sweeping but detailed survey of the major "progress traps" facing our civilization in the arenas of technology, economics, consumption, and the environment. (First Run Features) Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    May 2, 2012
    88
    Surviving Progress is a bright, entertaining (!), coherent argument in favor of these principles I have simplified so briefly. It's self-evident and tells the truth.
  2. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    May 25, 2012
    80
    With beautiful, artful images serving to break up the monotony of the film's wealth of talking heads, Surviving Progress is at times as visually striking as it is persuasive.
  3. Reviewed by: Kalvin Henely
    Apr 4, 2012
    75
    By turning the idea of progress on its head, the nimble Surviving Progress exquisitely presents to us the possibility that humankind's achievements may cause its downfall.
  4. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Apr 6, 2012
    60
    After nearly 90 minutes of human folly, though, Surviving Progress can't very well conclude with a tribute to mankind. So, to end on a hopeful note, the movie turns to a chimp.
  5. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Apr 15, 2012
    60
    The cumulative power of so many great minds envisioning our potential self-destruction is undeniable. You may start planning your move off the grid before the movie even ends.
  6. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    May 17, 2012
    50
    More to the point, the title doubles as accusation. Progress is dangerous and requires survival tactics, just as a hurricane or avalanche does.
  7. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Apr 4, 2012
    40
    Like the myriad dangers threatening the earth, the film is simply too unwieldy, a sprawling mass of ideas that are dutifully checked off and then given only superficial explanations in lieu of insightful explorations.

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