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Greedy Lying Bastards (2013)

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Average Rating: 6.2/10
Reviews Counted: 35
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 11

It's not particularly subtle, but Greedy Lying Bastards is effective in questioning the motives of climate change deniers.

69

Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 4

It's not particularly subtle, but Greedy Lying Bastards is effective in questioning the motives of climate change deniers.

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Average Rating: 3.7/5
User Ratings: 528

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Hurricane Sandy. Wildfires in the West. "Brown-Outs" in the East. Farmers losing crops to the worst drought since the Dust Bowl. Climate change is no longer a prediction for the future, but a startling reality of today. Yet, as evidence of our changing climate mounts and the scientific consensus proves human causation, there continues to be no political action to thwart the warming of our planet. "Greedy Lying Bastards" investigates the reason behind stalled efforts to tackle climate change

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All Critics (35) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (11)

As much as it hopes to incite outrage and to stir a complacent body politic into action, [it] never quite rises to the level of urgency the subject requires.

March 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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A blistering attack on politicians, propagandists, dissemblers and other climate-change deniers.

March 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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The film's effectiveness largely stems from the flat-out lameness of the opposition arguments, the lack of scientific credentials of those making them, and the self-interest of their corporate bosses.

March 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
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Filmmaker Craig Scott Rosebraugh seems to take a kind of perverse glee in hauling out the worst offenders among what he calls the climate change deniers for public shaming.

March 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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What's next, "Big Oil Is Full of Meanies"?

March 8, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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The film makes its case well. The problem, though, is it seems a bit late.

March 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Detroit News
Detroit News
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If ever a documentary needed Michael Moore's ability to debunk the rich and powerful in his inimitable sardonic style, it's here.

September 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

It is a splenetic, satiric attack on the formidable PR forces, spurious thinktanks and talking heads being mobilised in the US to attack the idea of man-made global warming.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

If you like being hectored, preached at and told you're wrong, then this is the film for you.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Craig Scott Rosebraugh delivers an informative if somewhat self-satisfied expose of climate change deniers, explaining exactly where they get their funding from and how they are determined to dupe the public despite the devastating consequences.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

This film is an awful warning and awful fun at one and the same time.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Financial Times
Financial Times

A fiery doc that undermines itself with pub-bore polemics.

September 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

... thorough in its revelations, and thoroughly depressing on how the world has been thwarted in this important attempt to heal itself. The film is intent on putting on notice all the "guilty" parties that deny the dangers of climate change...

June 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

...tragically falters whenever director Craig Scott Rosebraugh inserts himself into the proceedings and allows his personal ax grinding to overtake journalistic impartiality.

May 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Oregonian
Oregonian

The title says it all.

May 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Montreal Gazette
Montreal Gazette

The well-intentioned film includes plenty of statistics and makes its stance clear, but the familiarity of the subject matter decreases its impact.

March 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
Cinemalogue.com

An entertaining expose of the industry-paid deniers and how they continue to muddle the climate-change "debate."

March 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

Not the most eloquent "outrage doc."

March 13, 2013 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

Provocative, vital and enraging. It goes further than An Inconvenient Truth.

March 9, 2013 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

Rosebraugh's arguments are sound and his heart is in the right place, but his execution is self-defeating.

March 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for Greedy Lying Bastards

The title is honest and straight to the point and I congratulate Craig Scott Rosebraugh for raising this issue once again. Sure we've heard much of it before but he does give us new information and we as the public need to be reminded regularly that these things continue to happen and will do so until something is done about it. To his credit, Rosebraugh is full of suggestions as to what we can do. It's a good documentary, it does everything a good documentary should do but my main criticism is Rosebraugh himself. In his honesty, and honesty is important in a documentary, he has put himself as researcher and film maker in the forefront. He is in the film and also narrates it. Without wanting to sound cruel, he doesn't have the voice for it. It is a distraction when raising an important issue. Everything else is perfect and the facts are obviously the important part but in the real world you need to sell the truth just as well as the greedy lying bastards who sell you lies.
March 17, 2014
SirPant

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Inserting oneself into one's own documentary is no easy task. Michael Moore and Nick Broomfield do it masterfully because they understand that their point of view is THE draw. How will Moore take on THE MAN this time? What misery will Broomfield encounter in trying to gain access to his subject? The point is, unless you've got a singular voice, it's best to stay clear of your own narrative. This is a lesson Craig Scott Rosebraugh should have learned when taking on GREEDY LYING BASTARDS, a compelling yet too-often bland exploration of the great climate change debate.

The topic is simple enough. Those who deny that Global Warming exists are the villains and Al Gore and company are the Second Coming. Didn't we know all of that already from AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH? Regardless, I applaud anyone trying to make sense out of the mess we're in, but a little cinematic flair wouldn't have killed anyone, right? Instead, we get Rosebraugh's stilted voiceovers, power point presentation graphics, and a lot of finger pointing at some rich, powerful snobs. Whenever Rosebraugh tries to become part of the story, by, shocker, making phone calls (gasp!), the seams start to show, the yawns start forming, and I prayed for an overweight, baseball-hatted Michigan man to come to the rescue and create a hailstorm on one of these Yale Alum's McMansions.

His interviews with locals who have suffered through fires and floods make Honey Boo Boo look like Stephen Hawkings. All that's missing is a DELIVERANCE banjo and some hot, squealy piggy sex. It's sad, lacks focus, and is didactic one minute and begging for tears the next. It's a hot, unnatural mess strangely enough about our natural mess. Not else much to say here. You know the debate. It's one of the most essential topics of our lives, so fer chrissakes, dude, don't bore the sh*t out of us in the telling! And seriously with that hideous Death Metal end credits song? UGH!
March 24, 2013
Glenn Gaylord

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