Greedy Lying Bastards (2013)

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


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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 … More

Rating: PG-13 (for brief strong language)
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Craig Scott Rosebraugh, Patrick Gambuti Jr., Patrick Gambutti Jr.
In Theaters:
Box Office: $45.0k
Runtime:
One Earth Productions - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Greedy Lying Bastards

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (13)

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.

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

Full Review… | March 8, 2013
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.

Full Review… | March 8, 2013
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.

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

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

Full Review… | March 8, 2013
Detroit News
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Audience Reviews for Greedy Lying Bastards

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!

Glenn Gaylord
Glenn Gaylord

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