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Inconvenient Truth, An
MPAA RATING: PG for mild thematic elements
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)
| RELEASE DATE:
DVD: November 21, 2006
Theatrical: May 24, 2006
||100 minutes, Color
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New York Magazine
One of the most realistic documentaries I've ever seen--and, dry as it is, one of the most devastating in its implications.
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.
San Francisco Chronicle
Virtually everyone who sees this movie will be galvanized to do something about global warming -- and everyone should see this movie.
Its knockout success is a testament to Gore's eloquence and humanity and to the dexterity of his director, Davis Guggenheim.
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.
Powerful, intelligent and surprisingly entertaining.
Christian Science Monitor
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.
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?
Haunting and inspiring film.
Despite its scary warnings, the film ends on an upbeat note, unless of course you happen to be Hillary Clinton's campaign manager.
A disarming, funny and animated Al Gore, once a robot among presidential candidates, proves himself a rock star among environmental activists.
The New Yorker
The faults of the movie, semi-excusable as self-vindicating ploys, are nothing compared with its strengths.
The problem with An Inconvenient Truth isn't the message; it's the messenger.
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Even a politically naive film critic can see that An Inconvenient Truth isn't only about science or economics; it's also about ideology.
In an eco-horror show that politely masquerades as a documentary, the former vice president effectively warns of man-made cataclysm.
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.
The Onion (A.V. Club)
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.
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.
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.
Wall Street Journal
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.
Los Angeles Times
Although the message of the film sounds bleak, it is actually quite rousing.
The New York Times
As unsettling as it can be, it is also intellectually exhilarating, and, like any good piece of pedagogy, whets the appetite for further study.
Surprisingly absorbing film.
An Inconvenient Truth may not save the planet, but it's already gone a long way toward rescuing Gore's public profile.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Hollywood Reporter
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.
New York Post
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.
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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