The Ghosts in Our Machine

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  • Summary: A documentary that illuminates the lives of individual animals living within and rescued from the machine of our modern world.


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  1. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Nov 14, 2013
    The Ghosts in Our Machine, a heartfelt meditation on animal rights, comes at you as a whisper. It depends on the persuasive powers of creatures great and small — in their natural habitat or in cages — to argue that we stop using them for food, clothing, research and entertainment.
  2. Reviewed by: Ernest Hardy
    Nov 5, 2013
    A film whose sense of urgency and purpose is utterly engrossing.
  3. Reviewed by: David DeWitt
    Nov 7, 2013
    The Ghosts in Our Machine is a compelling movie, but its argument expands without deepening.
  4. Reviewed by: Wes Greene
    Nov 5, 2013
    Jo-Anne McArthur's cause draws sharp comparisons with the never-mentioned PETA, a seemingly insignificant omission that discloses a lingering problem of willful insularity.
  5. Reviewed by: Scott Jordan Harris
    Nov 8, 2013
    Marshall's film does not only aim to document animal rights activism but also to propagate it, and in that it is less successful. This is a film overflowing with passion and compassion but often lacking the intellectual detachment necessary to distill conviction into a rigorous argument.
  6. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Nov 2, 2013
    Liz Marshall's Ghosts in Our Machine trades didacticism for first-person atmospherics.
  7. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Dec 10, 2013
    This off-putting pic requires open minds and iron nerves.