If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation FrontClosed Captioning
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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.
Movie Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes
- 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.
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.
Fresh: A gimlet-eyed glimpse into the roots of terrorism and the politics behind its prosecution.
Fresh: The gripping documentary If a Tree Falls: A Story of the Earth Liberation Front offers an intimate look at the radical environmental group.
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.