• Network: PBS
  • Series Premiere Date: Nov 18, 2012
  • Season #: 1
User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 2 out of 10

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  1. Apr 28, 2013
    10
    It is difficult to believe that man can cause such a massive environmental disaster. Most people were in denial, then and now. Thank goodness for Ken Burns, and his unique ability to make a historic event extremely relevant to our times today.
Metascore
82

Universal acclaim - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    Nov 19, 2012
    80
    As a filmmaker, Burns brings to bear a special vividness of scrutiny. No matter how familiar the material, he makes it seem as though he's discovering it afresh--so the viewer feels that way, too.
  2. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Nov 19, 2012
    100
    The heartbreak here--especially the cases of poor children who died of "dust pneumonia"--is tremendous. [26 Nov 2012, p.45
  3. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Nov 19, 2012
    60
    It would be naughty to call it dry. But the lack of personalities leaves the viewer groping for an angle. The overwhelming nature of the event begins to feel overwhelming on the couch, too.