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Generally favorable reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Andy Webster
    Feb 6, 2012
    90
    Urgent, informative and artfully assembled documentary.
  2. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Feb 6, 2012
    80
    It's a tantalizing case study that suggests ordinary people still have the power to steer a course between faceless bureaucracies and greedy capitalists, but only just - and only if they can find a way to overcome their differences and work together.
  3. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    Feb 6, 2012
    80
    Ms. Israel's movie proves, once again, that the best nonfiction cinema possesses the same attributes as good fiction: Strong characters, conflict, story arc, visual style.
  4. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Feb 6, 2012
    75
    Windfall left me disheartened. I thought wind energy was something I could believe in.
  5. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Feb 6, 2012
    70
    A veteran film editor making her first feature, Israel emphasizes the area's low-key beauty.
  6. Reviewed by: Joseph Jon Lanthier
    Feb 6, 2012
    63
    Whatever the legitimate arguments Windfall makes against the industry it targets, Meredith's feuding becomes just as inaccessible as the windmills that incite it.
  7. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Feb 6, 2012
    58
    Windfall is undeniably persuasive - and is likely advocating on the right side of the wind-farm issue - but the movie's case relies more on emotional appeals and frightening images of giant machines than on real, objective number-crunching.
  8. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    Feb 6, 2012
    50
    Variably articulate subjects drone on and on in an 83-minute film that could easily make its TV news-style point in a half-hour or less.
  9. Reviewed by: J.R. Jones
    Feb 6, 2012
    50
    The argument is so tilted against windmills (sorry) that this comes perilously close to an advocacy video. But Israel deserves credit for delivering the bad news that wind power, like natural gas and nuclear, comes with its own array of social and environmental headaches.
  10. Reviewed by: Andrew Schenker
    Feb 6, 2012
    40
    Given the film's inability to posit any significant objections - or, for that matter, alternatives - to the turbines, it all feels like so much petty sniping against progress.

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