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No Impact Man (2009)

HD   14A

Laura Gabbert & Justin Schein

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About the Movie

In November 2006, author Colin Beaven announces his No Impact Project. He vows to unsettle his complacent liberal consumerism and, along with his family, to make no environmental impact from their Manhattan home for one year. While two-year-old Isabella is content among the compost worms, mother Michelle endures withdrawal from coffee and shopping, and Colin suffers heavy criticism from friends and the media. Humorous and insightful, No Impact Man discovers the strength of a family living off the grid, and the quiet truths that reveal themselves when the lights go out.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 48
  • Fresh: 40
  • Rotten: 8
  • Average Rating: 6.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Unsparingly exposes the confused power dynamics of a certain kind of modern middle-class marriage. – A.O. Scott, New York Times, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: Finally an environmental advocacy film for those of us who have the best of intentions but a weakness for Peet's espressos, takeout dinners and an occasional Marc Jacobs sale, to say nothing of a dependence on toilet paper... – Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Jul 7, 2010

Rotten: How much can we possibly glean from a guy whose idealism can be measured with a calendar? – Aaron Hillis, Village Voice, Jul 7, 2010

Fresh: It may not be the greatest of cinematic exercises, and it often feels contrived, but this documentary somehow is enlightening, ridiculous, foreboding and funny at the same time. – David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle, Jul 7, 2010

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Customer Reviews

Worth your time!

very good docu-film. Will make you think and is quite funny as well. Go for it.

Buggs 02

After watching, we're re thinking our lifestyle and priorities vs values. I have a lot of respect for what these guys did. Bravo!

The lights burn again!

No Impact Man is a poignant love story between man, family, and environment. Colin Beaven took a bold stand and achieved his goals. What I find difficult is that the no impact goal was achieved and from what the films ending might suggest is that it was all just an experiment to see if one family might be able to survive one year as carbon neutral as possible.

I wish that they would have continued with their achievements instead of picking the ones that best suited them.

Beaven's can now struggle with the reality that his contempt toward Consumerism is propogated by himself. He is merely tryig to sell the movie, the book, and himself as an environmentalist in an attempt to generate revenue to sustain himself and his family.

Overall a great movie to make us all think of how we might make a difference; precisely what Colin Beaven intended to do.

No Impact Man (2009)
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