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Cool It (2010)

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Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 17
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Climate catastrophe? Normal solar activity? The end of civilization as we know it? Cool It is based upon the book of the same name and lectures by Bjorn Lomborg, the controversial author of The Skeptical Environmentalist. Acclaimed award-winning filmmaker Ondi Timoner travels the world with Lomborg exploring the real facts and true science of global warming and its impact. Lomborg is the founder of the economic think tank, Copenhagen Consensus, which brings together the world's leading

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Terry Botwick, Sarah Gibson, Bjorn Lomborg

Mar 29, 2011

$62.7k

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All Critics (43) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (21) | DVD (1)

Jam-packed but never disorienting, Cool It will definitely get your head spinning.

December 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Blond, boyish and with an irrepressible faith in human adaptability, Mr. Lomborg is the anti-Gore.

November 12, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Times
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It can be a little hard to digest so many ideas, especially in such rapid succession. The movie is never boring, but there may be some information overload for laymen in the audience.

November 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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It's been five years since Gore warned us that we only have 10 years to fix global warming -- hey, Al, my apartment is near the Hudson River. Wanna bet it's still above water in 2015?

November 12, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Post | Comment (1)
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Some of it sounds, quite frankly, nuts. And a few of Lomborg's enemies have said as much. But throwing tons of money at the problem with little result? That also sounds kind of crazy.

November 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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By bringing in a diverse group of big thinkers to take part in a very animated, sometimes agitated, discussion, the filmmaker has succeeded in bringing what could have been a very dry mountain of data, theories and experimental research to vibrant life.

November 11, 2010 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
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Instead of getting wrapped up in fads and jumping on bandwagon, Lomborg offers solutions to the problems facing the world.

October 14, 2013 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

That this documentary is solution-oriented rather than fear-oriented as so many recent ones...have been is itself a reason for touting it.

January 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Writer
Cinema Writer

Controversial, but hopeful global warming documentary.

March 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

... a slick argument that is basically a subterfuge intended to promote a free-market absolutist approach to solving the global warming problem.

January 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Las Vegas CityLife

Fascinating, but no more cinematic than an episode of 'Nova.'

December 14, 2010 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

No matter what your environmental politics are, the American-made documentary film Cool It leaves the viewer troubled, yet hungry for more information and debate.

December 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Cool It resonates, and gives one pause not just to consider the merits of the global warming question, but to consider the merits of all that we've decided to do about it, impending doom notwithstanding.

November 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

Unfortunately, "Cool It," even with its better ideas, too often feels like just more talking.

November 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Comment (1)
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

[Bjorn] Lomborg is an affable and persuasive advocate ...

November 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

It's merely fighting propaganda with more propaganda.

November 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Las Vegas Weekly | Comment (1)
Las Vegas Weekly

Lomborg might not interact with his detractors, but at least he finds time for monthly visits to his Alzheimer's-stricken mom.

November 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

...more about Bjorn Lomborg than it is about the perils our world faces, now and into the future. I would have preferred more of the latter and far less of the former.

November 17, 2010 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Succeeds in presenting Lomborg's arguments in a cogent, persuasive way...trying to start a civil conversation on climate change that's based on reason rather than fear.

November 15, 2010 Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion
One Guy's Opinion

Lomborg could be a prophet whose conclusions may be correct but his message is ripe for distortion and corruption, even within the film itself.

November 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Hollywood & Fine
Hollywood & Fine

Lomborg (with an assist from Timoner's straightforward, uncomplicated doc) is the voice of reason. Calm down, listen to what he has to offer, and then get to work. Apparently, it's not too late. Whew.

November 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Although it contributes some intriguing ideas to the ongoing global warming discussion, this potentially controversial documentary remains too vague on several key issues.

November 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

There are good, important ideas and ways of thinking being discussed in Cool It which makes its histrionic plea for its subject's sainthood so disquieting

November 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

In its own way, it's no less essential a look at where we go from here than was An Inconvenient Truth.

November 12, 2010 Full Review Source: amNewYork
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