(2009)

Critic Reviews

75

Metascore

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90
Ahead of us lie many more documentaries similar in tone and spirit to this one. We can hope that at least a few of them are as intelligently and artfully made.
90
Village Voice
Remarkable documentary.
88
Here’s a powerhouse of a documentary that makes you feel mad as hell and unwilling to take it anymore.
83
Crude is so crammed with facts and figures that it can be a little dizzying, but what’s more important is what Berlinger records between all the talking-head interviews and vérité footage.
80
Minor flaws and all, Crude represents a crucial document as much as any evidence put forward in the courtroom itself.
80
Variety
Picture makes an engrossing case for justice.
80
Corporate inhumanity Berlinger ferociously exposes.
60
Here's what's depressing: that, given the millions spent on defense by multinational conglomerates, our last best hope isn't the courts but the fickle attentions of glossy magazines and the noblesse oblige of celebrities.
60
Berlinger is fully invested here, but a little distance might have helped.
25
Like its subject, a lawsuit that is expected to go on for another 10 years, Crude has no ending. This is the perfect ending for this Goliath versus Goliath documentary about powerful personal-injury lawyers taking on a powerful corporation.

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