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An Inconvenient Truth (2006)

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Average Rating: 7.7/10
Reviews Counted: 158
Fresh: 147 | Rotten: 11

While global warming is a hotly-debated subject, what everyone on both sides can agree upon is that, if real, it's a very bad thing. Since losing the 2000 presidential election to George W. Bush, former Vice President Al Gore has busied himself by being an outspoken figure against this potential environmental disaster. As much about the man as about greenhouse gases, this candid, powerful and informative documentary illuminates some of the myths surrounding both of its subjects equally well.

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Average Rating: 7.7/10
Critic Reviews: 39
Fresh: 37 | Rotten: 2

While global warming is a hotly-debated subject, what everyone on both sides can agree upon is that, if real, it's a very bad thing. Since losing the 2000 presidential election to George W. Bush, former Vice President Al Gore has busied himself by being an outspoken figure against this potential environmental disaster. As much about the man as about greenhouse gases, this candid, powerful and informative documentary illuminates some of the myths surrounding both of its subjects equally well.

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Humanity is sitting on a time bomb. If the vast majority of the world's scientists are right, we have just ten years to avert a major catastrophe that could send our entire planet's climate system into a tail-spin of epic destruction involving extreme weather, floods, droughts, epidemics and killer heat waves beyond anything we have ever experienced- a catastrophe of our own making. If that sounds like a recipe for serious gloom and doom -- think again. From director Davis Guggenheim comes the

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Documentary, Special Interest

Nov 21, 2006

$23.7M

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All Critics (167) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (147) | Rotten (11) | DVD (28)

It grabs you like a thriller with an ending that will haunt your dreams.

November 24, 2006
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Just because truths are inconvenient is no reason to suppose they are not real.

October 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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It is utterly convincing, it's emotionally powerful and it makes Gore look more charming than he ever did as a presidential candidate.

September 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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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.

June 22, 2006 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal | Comment (1)
Wall Street Journal
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Frightening and timely, the smartly organized documentary is an urgent plea for responsibility and action as well as an impassioned call to heed the ominous warnings of science.

June 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald
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A film that invests hard science with impassioned moral drive.

June 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle
Houston Chronicle
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Netflix puts this Oscar winning documentary out again for those who spent the past seven years listening to paid-off-deniers and assorted other Fox News liars.

January 9, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Those attacking Al Gore as a misinformed prophet or political crybaby likely never watched the film. Holding court with genial wit and warmth, Gore emphasizes his slide content's morals and ethics over its politics and ends on practicality, not panic.

September 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Suite101.com
Suite101.com

An adequate enough way to get the point across, but I can't help but wonder what the raves for this film are really about.

September 19, 2009 Full Review Source: Film and Felt
Film and Felt

Gore gets admirable points for using intelligence in his arguments rather than fear

August 30, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion | Comment (1)
CinePassion

Gone is the excruciatingly wooden, heavily-made up candidate from the controversial 2000 Presidential election. In his place, the team from An Inconvenient Truth shows you the Gore democrats wish the voting public had seen%u2014a comfortable, enthusiastic

August 21, 2008 Full Review Source: ReelzChannel.com

While the preaching is to the converted, the sheer organization, massing and clarity appear conclusive, and the youngish onscreen attendees nod in agreement.

March 4, 2008 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews | Comment (1)
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Al Gore's global-warming documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, may just be the scariest movie you will see this year.

February 28, 2008 Full Review Source: BrandonFibbs.com | Comment (1)
BrandonFibbs.com

The ultimate effect of An Inconvenient Truth is not unlike looking down the barrel of a loaded gun.

July 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Stranger Song
Stranger Song

Highly recommended even if Al Gore is incapable of getting at the root cause of global warming.

January 4, 2007 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
rec.arts.movies.reviews

Apesar de ter uma estrutura similar ao dos filmes que enfocam espetáculos de stand-up comedy (o que compromete sua fluidez), este documentário traz informações absurdamente importantes que são transmitidas com clareza pelo carismático Gore.

December 31, 2006
Cinema em Cena

Because of its biased tone and shameless promotion of Al Gore it is simply preaching to the converted.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs | Comments (4)
Three Movie Buffs

A vitally important lesson, told in bland charts and alarming images.

December 4, 2006 Full Review Source: Mark Reviews Movies
Mark Reviews Movies

Un documental contundente y alarmante que, de la mano de un preocupado y convincente Al Gore, se convierte en un verdadero llamado a la acción.

November 25, 2006 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

An eco-horror movie that is anything but escapist entertainment...

September 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

Powerful, intelligent and surprisingly entertaining, Gore presents a compelling case. You'll believe a film can change the world.

September 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

This is nothing short of life-changing; a film that needs to be seen by every single person on this planet.

September 23, 2006 Full Review Source: FilmFocus

t's an enduring irony of movies that one guy talking can be more compelling than a million dollars in locations, extras and effects.

September 23, 2006 Full Review Source: BBC.com
BBC.com

Presented by former US Vice President Al Gore, this documentary is a cool, clinical examination of global warming. And if you thought the repercussions were years off, think again.

September 23, 2006 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

Audience Reviews for An Inconvenient Truth

An Inconvenient Truth is a documentary built around Al Gore's turn on the lecture circuit concentrating on the causes and consequences of Global Warming. Because of this, it can feel a little like "The Al Gore Show" and it probably would've helped its credibility if he had included interviews with the actual scientists responsible for the data and its interpretation, but Gore's broad stroke approach makes for an interesting presentation that never gets too technical and as such is always easy to understand for the lay man. Of course anyone who does not wish to agree with the conclusions will decry it as propaganda but anyone who dismisses the obvious scientific consensus clearly either has an agenda of their own (namely the already obscenely wealthy afraid it will threaten their profit margins) or are just burying their head in the sand (namely people who do not wish to pay a few extra pennies of tax although when the cost of living increases exponentially thanks to failed crops and sky rocketing fuel prices, they sure will be kicking themselves...) There's little here that I didn't already know but that fact is actually quite astonishing as it proves that the information here has been readily available for decades, yet the capitalist elite and their political cronies are STILL dragging their feet when it comes to doing anything about it, even now! But the lasting impression the film made on me was the knowledge that an intelligent and eloquent man who was the true President Elect was cheated out of office by a man who was always going to be part of the problem and not part of the solution, which is yet another example of an appalling waste.
May 13, 2014
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Altho the environment's the draw here, or Al Gore talking about it, what I found interesting is what had to happen in the privileged man's life to get him to the point of talking about it, which he reveals in segments between warning about our indulgences. Like the guy at a party warning that things might be getting out of hand he knows that no one wants to hear him, or will in fact actually listen, and that subtext adds layers to the slideshow presentation.
March 2, 2013
ApeneckFletcher

Super Reviewer

Whilst I can't deny the facts presented in the film, there's aways the question of what 'facts' are you embellishing or simply not showing at all. I do believe Al Gore's words, and it's really presented in a modern, interesting and thought-provoking way that you can't help but believe him. Really makes me want to do the best I can for the planet though, which I believe, is the ultimate goal of the film.
February 22, 2012
StarCrossedVoyager

Super Reviewer

An Inconvenient Truth is probably one of the biggest folly's I've ever seen in a documentary. The film since its release has been proven false by so many scientists that it should be called An Inconvenient Lie. This film is pure propaganda designed to scare you. Nothing in this film is true. Not only that, but Al Gore is one big hypocrite. You see him in the film flying around in his Lear Jet in the film. You must ask yourself, if he's so environmentally friendly, why is he using a private jet that uses a lot of fuel to pollute the air? This film is laughable and should be dismissed as a piece of garbage, because after all, it is. If you know something about the Earth, and really read about it, you'll realize that eventually the Earth will head for a New Ice Age. How could anyone acknowledge facts from a man who took simply one course on Global warming? Personally, I'll stick with scientists who actually know what the hell they're talking about. Al Gore is a bulls**ter and he doesn't deserve the exposure that he got with this film. This is a flawed "documentary" that really in the long has no relevance because Al Gore is not a scientist, he's a politician. Sorry Al, but you should stick to politics, oh wait; you're no good in that game as well. An Inconvenient Truth is a film that cannot be seen at all as a source of information because, like I said, Al Gore is no authority on the matter. Believe what you want, but I'm going to get my information from people who actually know what they're talking about. If you want my advice, watch the Discovery Channel, at least there you will no BS info. You won't find Truth in this "documentary". You're only going to find lies and deception.
August 9, 2011
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