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      Released Sep 18, 2009 1h 51m Documentary List
      72% Tomatometer 18 Reviews 82% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings Environmental activist and filmmaker Josh Tickell explores alternate energy sources, especially biofuels, as a way to wean America away from its dependence on foreign oil. Read More Read Less

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      Jeannette Catsoulis New York Times Thanks to an informative, buoyant tone and the director's own restless intelligence, the film preaches to the unconverted with passion, energy and graphics so clear that they would make Al Gore weep all over his PowerPoint. Rated: 3/5 Sep 18, 2009 Full Review G. Allen Johnson San Francisco Chronicle A peppy, bouncy documentary that is watchable and informative, although Tickell's celebrity name-dropping at times detracts from the serious message. Rated: 3/4 Sep 18, 2009 Full Review Aaron Hillis Time Out It's a slickly enjoyable production (if unfocused and bloated), and his bullet-point tips are persuasive; but dude, there are better ways to humanize these issues than crying on camera. Rated: 3/5 Sep 16, 2009 Full Review Jonathan Kiefer Sacramento News & Review Rated: 3/5 Apr 13, 2011 Full Review Gary Thompson Philadelphia Daily News Rated: B- Apr 13, 2011 Full Review Philip Martin Arkansas Democrat-Gazette shows the not-so-shocking connections between the auto industry, the oil industry and the government, prescriptively offering alternatives ... Rated: 83/100 Jul 3, 2010 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member A must watch for anyone wanting to know about the benefits of alternative fuels both environmentally and economically Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Audience Member In this feature-length documentary, filmmaker and biofuel advocate Josh Tickell explores the origins of America's dependence on fossil fuels, eventually detailing the cross-country road trip that he took in his biodiesel-converted van, campaigning for the more sustainable, environmentally friendly fuel. Tickell interviews people in his film from all over the spectrum of fuel use, from oil company executives to those devastated by water contamination stemming from oil companies to Midwestern families considering buying Hummers. Hoping to paint as complete a picture as possible of American fuel use, Tickell explores how we fuel our lifestyle in the present and how we can hope to in the future. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Audience Member This is a really good documentary facing the obvious problem of our civilization. America needs to get off of oil & pursue alternative energy namely biodiesel. America needs to invest heavily in the future & this is a fact. This film reminded me a lot of the book "The End of Oil". Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review Audience Member Fuel, government, prohibition, war on terrorism. Fantastic documentary. I want a Bio diesel car. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/15/23 Full Review Audience Member Fascinating, often horrifying, documentary on the politics of oil, and what we can do about it. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Audience Member This thesis-driven documentary makes the case for biofuels as a viable replacement for oil. On another site, I make the case that conflating our involvement with the Middle East with oil only is a myopic point of view (link at the end of the review), and this is just one of the arguments presented in Fuel that bothered me. Additionally, almost every other argument was a pathos argument that deployed the same overblown sentiment: "What about the children? We're borrowing the environment from our children." In the words of George Carlin, "Fuck the children." Even if you're not angered by the obsession with children that this film deploys, you'd have to admit that the argument loses its effectiveness after it's repeated almost every five minutes. I also wonder if people fifty years from now will look at the scene in which two people drink bio-oil the same way we look at footage of people fifty year ago drinking DDT. Overall, there is some good information in this film, but the arguments get repetitive and tired. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/26/23 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Environmental activist and filmmaker Josh Tickell explores alternate energy sources, especially biofuels, as a way to wean America away from its dependence on foreign oil.
      Joshua Tickell
      Daniel Assael, Darius Fisher
      Johnny O'Hara
      Greenlight Theatrical
      Production Co
      Green Planet Productions
      Original Language
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Sep 18, 2009, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Mar 17, 2017
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      1h 51m
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