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Pandora's Promise (2013)



Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 17
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 9

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In the next few decades, humankind will need to double, or even triple energy production as billions of people in the developing world lift themselves out of poverty and begin to live modern lives. Unless the source of this new energy is clean and non-CO2 emitting, the risk of triggering a devastating global climate catastrophe is all but certain. The magnitude of this dilemma, and the limitations of commonly proposed solutions, have left the mainstream environmental movement teetering between


Documentary, Special Interest

Robert Stone

Jun 23, 2014


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All Critics (36) | Top Critics (17) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (13)

Like so many campaigning docs this is much more interested in throwing darts at the other guys than giving us a balanced film.

November 12, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Intelligent, possibly important, definitely counterintuitive -- but needs more reporting and context.

November 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Newsday
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The film's tone is boosterish, and the cursory treatment of the cost of a nuclear-based energy overhaul, or the viability of renewable energy, tends to arouse skepticism rather than allay it.

July 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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There's not much in the way of balance in this often bone-dry documentary about the bum rap nuclear power has gotten thanks to misinformed, if well-meaning, environmentalists and energy experts.

July 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
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Documenting how five authors changed from anti- to pro-nuke energy stances, Stone is less persuasive at translating this logic into reality.

June 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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In the end, its somewhat equivocal message - that nuclear power might just be the lesser of several evils - is more convincing than you'd think.

June 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Pandora's Promise gives up enough information to tease the curiosity of doubting individuals but unfortunately as a piece of subversive, cogent filmmaking - it's a box of empty promises.

November 15, 2013 Full Review Source: The List
The List

It's a shame so few people see documentaries, and that so few politicians pay them any attention, because this film has the power to change the way we think about nuclear energy.

November 14, 2013 Full Review Source:

Robert Stone's fascinating documentary makes a convincing case for a nuclear future.

November 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

Thoroughly engaging thanks to its strong editing and startling facts, but the film feels a little conceited thanks to its one-sided argument.

November 14, 2013 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

The director paints a partisan picture, but offers an eloquent and effective challenge to orthodox eco-wisdom.

November 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

This documentary, from Robert Stone, sets out to think the unthinkable and ask the unaskable: should we learn to stop worrying and love nuclear energy?

November 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Guardian

An A-grade exercise in myth-busting...Consciously counter-intuitive, Pandora's Promise is a challenging, sober film that provides much food for thought as it dares to de-demonise nuclear power.

October 18, 2013 Full Review Source: 3AW

The utter irony in which this doco is steeped is that the very same reasons - the safe preservation of earth's environment - are now driving the very same people who stood against nuclear energy ... in favour of nuclear energy

September 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

The film's blatantly one-sided presentation undercuts the pro-nuclear argument more than any counterargument.

July 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

Documentary filmmaker Robert Stone goes against the popular anti-nuke stance held by our society for many years and brings with him a bevy of anti-nuke turned pro-nuke environmentalists, activists and nuclear engineers.

June 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Pandora's Promise is a fascinating documentary about nuclear power that argues it is the true green energy. It would be hard to imagine a film more controversial than this one.

June 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Sure, it's a little one-sided, but so are most environmental films...Whether Stone sways you or not, you can afford to give 90 minutes toward setting the balance right.

June 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Oregonian

With glaciers melting, seas rising and superstorms in the wings, Pandora's Promise, despite its one-sided polemics, revives a desperately needed conversation.

June 20, 2013 Full Review Source: Austin American-Statesman
Austin American-Statesman

Sure to raise eyebrows.

June 14, 2013 Full Review Source: East Bay Express
East Bay Express

The result is a thoughtful documentary whose facts and figures have been compromised by Stone's one-sided approach.

June 14, 2013 Full Review Source: Daily Herald (IL)
Daily Herald (IL)

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