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If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front

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Marshall Curry

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Plot Summary

IF A TREE FALLS: A STORY OF THE EARTH LIBERATION FRONT is the remarkable story of the group's rise and fall, told through the transformation and radicalization of one of its members, Daniel McGowan. Using never-before-seen archival footage and intimate interviews, IF A TREE FALLS asks hard questions about environmentalism, activism, and the way we define terrorism.


Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 32
  • Fresh: 28
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 7.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: The film's sobriety and carefully balanced arguments make it an exemplary piece of reporting, although its emotional heat rarely rises to a boil. – Stephen Holden, New York Times, Jun 21, 2011

Fresh: It's tempting to watch If a Tree Falls doc about a scraggly group of ecoterrorists with a chip of skepticism on your shoulder. Yet the film creates a fantastic moral ambivalence. – Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly, Feb 21, 2012

Fresh: A gimlet-eyed glimpse into the roots of terrorism and the politics behind its prosecution. – John Anderson, Variety, Jul 22, 2011

Fresh: The gripping documentary If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front offers an intimate look at the radical environmental group. – Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, Jul 22, 2011

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Customer Reviews

kind of boring...

This movie does a good job making me inspired about environmentalism, but it is also kind of sad and not really that good. I also wish they had an update on the current state of environmentalism.. watching all those trains of lumber roll through Eugene made me wonder, not just where did all the trees go, but where did the activists go? It becomes more of a personal story about Daniel but that is only so interesting. All in all an interesting look inside ELF, but I felt it could have gone way deeper.

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If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front
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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2011

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