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Pandora's Promise (2013)


Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 36
Fresh: 23
Rotten: 13

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

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

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.


Average Rating: 3.7/5
User Ratings: 1,235




Movie Info

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 … More

Documentary , Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By:
Robert Stone
In Theaters:
Jun 23, 2014
Box Office:
Abramorama Entertainment - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Pandora's Promise

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.

Full Review… | November 12, 2013
Time Out
Top Critic

Intelligent, possibly important, definitely counterintuitive -- but needs more reporting and context.

Full Review… | November 6, 2013
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 11, 2013
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 11, 2013
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Documenting how five authors changed from anti- to pro-nuke energy stances, Stone is less persuasive at translating this logic into reality.

Full Review… | June 18, 2013
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | June 14, 2013
Washington Post
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 15, 2013
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.

Full Review… | November 14, 2013

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

Full Review… | November 14, 2013
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.

Full Review… | November 14, 2013

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

Full Review… | November 8, 2013
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?

Full Review… | November 7, 2013

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.

Full Review… | October 18, 2013

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

Full Review… | September 29, 2013
Urban Cinefile

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

Full Review… | July 13, 2013
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.

Full Review… | June 22, 2013
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.

Full Review… | June 21, 2013
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.

Full Review… | June 20, 2013

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

Full Review… | June 20, 2013
Austin American-Statesman

Sure to raise eyebrows.

Full Review… | June 14, 2013
East Bay Express

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

Full Review… | June 14, 2013
Daily Herald (IL)

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