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Inconvenient Truth, An
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Inconvenient Truth, An reviews
Critic Score
Metascore: 75 Metascore out of 100
User Score  
8.4 out of 10
based on 32 reviews
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MPAA RATING: PG for mild thematic elements

Starring Al Gore

This documentary offers a passionate and inspirational look at Al Gore's fervent crusade to halt global warming's deadly progress in its tracks by exposing the myths and misconceptions that surround it. (Participant Productions)


GENRE(S): Documentary  
DIRECTED BY: Davis Guggenheim  
RELEASE DATE: DVD: November 21, 2006 
Theatrical: May 24, 2006 
RUNNING TIME: 100 minutes, Color 
ORIGIN: USA 

What The Critics Said

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100
New York Magazine David Edelstein
One of the most realistic documentaries I've ever seen--and, dry as it is, one of the most devastating in its implications.
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100
Seattle Post-Intelligencer William Arnold
Absolutely riveting.
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100
Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert
Am I acting as an advocate in this review? Yes, I am. I believe that to be "impartial" and "balanced" on global warming means one must take a position like Gore's. There is no other view that can be defended.
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100
San Francisco Chronicle Mick LaSalle
Virtually everyone who sees this movie will be galvanized to do something about global warming -- and everyone should see this movie.
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100
Baltimore Sun Michael Sragow
Its knockout success is a testament to Gore's eloquence and humanity and to the dexterity of his director, Davis Guggenheim.
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100
Portland Oregonian Marc Mohan
The movie, like the man, seems more interested in spreading the gospel of environmental responsibility, and in doing so it's probably the most important film of the year.
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100
Empire Helen O'Hara
Powerful, intelligent and surprisingly entertaining.
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91
Christian Science Monitor Peter Rainer
It seems to me that too often in this country, and especially now, science has become politicized to the detriment of those who could be helped by it. Just because truths are inconvenient is no reason to suppose they are not real.
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91
Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman
An Inconvenient Truth can't, of course, reveal a future that is still up to us, but by the time you're done watching, the real question is, Which way on God's green earth would you want to err?
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88
USA Today Claudia Puig
Haunting and inspiring film.
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88
Miami Herald Connie Ogle
Despite its scary warnings, the film ends on an upbeat note, unless of course you happen to be Hillary Clinton's campaign manager.
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88
Philadelphia Inquirer Carrie Rickey
A disarming, funny and animated Al Gore, once a robot among presidential candidates, proves himself a rock star among environmental activists.
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80
The New Yorker David Denby
The faults of the movie, semi-excusable as self-vindicating ploys, are nothing compared with its strengths.
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75
ReelViews James Berardinelli
The problem with An Inconvenient Truth isn't the message; it's the messenger.
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75
The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Liam Lacey
Even a politically naive film critic can see that An Inconvenient Truth isn't only about science or economics; it's also about ideology.
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75
Boston Globe Wesley Morris
In an eco-horror show that politely masquerades as a documentary, the former vice president effectively warns of man-made cataclysm.
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75
TV Guide Maitland McDonagh
Gore looks as energized and purposeful as Mother Earth looks sickly and mad as hell, which is no doubt why many commentators suggested it was less an environmental action statement than a test balloon for future political ambitions.
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75
The Onion (A.V. Club) Scott Tobias
Quite apart from its environmental agenda, the film is a reminder that there's no space for substance in political discourse: A 30-second soundbite on global warming could easily be brushed off as tree-hugging rhetoric, but after 100 minutes of level-headed elaboration, it's chillingly undeniable.
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75
Premiere Ethan Alter
As long as Guggenheim keeps his cameras trained on Gore's presentation, An Inconvenient Truth is an engaging film. Less successful are the scenes where Gore is seen off-stage, traveling around the world and visiting his childhood home.
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75
Rolling Stone Peter Travers
Gore keeps us riveted by being charming, literate and profoundly persuasive on a topic that's scarier than anything in a dozen Japanese horror flicks. Vote Gore on this one.
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70
Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern
The film succeeds powerfully, even though it's short on practical solutions, makes some questionable statements of fact and, given Gore's current ambiguous position in public life, requires a tighter focus on the message than on the messenger.
70
Los Angeles Times Kevin Crust
Although the message of the film sounds bleak, it is actually quite rousing.
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70
The New York Times Dana Stevens
As unsettling as it can be, it is also intellectually exhilarating, and, like any good piece of pedagogy, whets the appetite for further study.
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70
Washington Post Desson Thomson
Surprisingly absorbing film.
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70
Chicago Reader J.R. Jones
An Inconvenient Truth may not save the planet, but it's already gone a long way toward rescuing Gore's public profile.
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67
Austin Chronicle Marjorie Baumgarten
As a film An Inconvenient Truth is a treasury of information. Attention may occasionally drift, but the film’s message of urgency is abundantly clear.
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63
Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips
The film's context and talking points are more interesting than the film itself, which settles for an earnest (though rarely dull) nudge in its chosen direction: PowerPoint cinema.
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60
Variety Dennis Harvey
A straightforward record of the lecture Gore has toured for years, juiced by elaborate graphics. An excellent educational tool, picture may prove an awkward fit for theatrical distribution.
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50
Village Voice Rob Nelson
An Inconvenient Truth does restore one's faith in the value of documentary-as-lecture, not least by extolling the virtues (rare as clean water these days) of politician-as-teacher.
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50
The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt
The documentary is an act of political activism. Guggenheim and his politically conscious producers, Laurie David, Lawrence Bender and Scott Z. Burns, have no interest in either challenging Gore's viewpoint or giving opposing opinions equal time. The film is simply a conduit for Gore's message.
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25
New York Post Kyle Smith
Avoiding the usual vein-popping diatribes, he comes across as learned, calm and folksy. But much of what Gore says in this slide show he gives to people whose minds are not yet fully formed (undergraduates, actors) is absurd, and his assertions often contradict each other.
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0
Film Threat Phil Hall
An Inconvenient Truth is something you rarely see in movies today: a blatant intellectual fraud. Shame on all of the people involved in this travesty.
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What Our Users Said

Vote Now!The average user rating for this movie is 8.4 (out of 10) based on 181 User Votes
Note: User votes are NOT included in the Metascore calculation.

Ignacio M. gave it a10:
Clarion call to long-delayed public and governmental action on carbon emissions, and began the current push toward environmentally sound energy research (now accelerated by rising fuel prices).

Tim C. gave it a0:
Anyone who watched this movie and thought now they knew everything about this anthropogenic global warming issue is utterly deluded! this movie was nothing but a self-serving propaganda campaign and a scare-mongering strategy! the movie did not address a single argument against the AGW issue and instead delivered a 98 min rhetoric on the "catastrophe" facing mankind! the many inaccuracies and blatant lies stated in this movie are so nauseating only a lay person with zero scientific knowledge would buy the ridiculous claims made in 'An Inconvenient Truth'.

Mike R. gave it a0:
A convenient lie, absolutely no basis in fact, a fallacy.

Mike G. gave it a0:
wonderful work of fiction. A british judge ruled that in order for school children to watch the movie, the teacher must cite the 9 (confirmed) lies in the movie, such as the gulf stream eventually stopping.people that gave this movie a 10 should be embarrassed, is man made carbon emissions making the temp. go up on Mars as well? no, the sun is hotter than ever.Finally, Gore seems content on keeping 3rd world countries in the dark ages while not even practicing the policies and restrictions that he preaches

M S gave it a0:
Complete lack of scientific evidence to back up claims as evidenced by the courtcase in the UK blocking misuse of this inaccurate political film. Only shows one side of the story. History repeats itself, every other planet in our solar system is also heating up to some degree, are the inhabitants on those planets also responsible for the sun changing their non-inhabited planets? The ice is actually increasing in Antarctica. There are two sides to every story, this is just one.

The Critic Strine gave it a10:
The most important movie I will ever see. I am 12 years old and I came out of the theatre with tears in my eyes. And to any of the critics that gave it anything under a 75 I say to them, screw you!

Dan S. gave it a10:
I read a lot and thought that I knew the essentials of the global warming threat. Yet, after finally seeing this film on DVD here in Thailand, I was startled. Educated Thais and other Asians I've met here have seen and experienced many problems, but they are also more concerned about this crisis than I had anticipated. This is an idea whose time has come, and Al Gore has delivered it quite well. PS: The New York Post is a Murdoch publication, so its film reviewer can be expected to give this a low score. But who is Phil Hall and what is "Film Threat"? Are they the frauds here? Anyhow, the readers gave Gore's film an average of 88, a very high rating.

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