Pandora's Promise Reviews

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Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
November 14, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
David Jenkins
Little White Lies
November 14, 2013
Robert Stone's fascinating documentary makes a convincing case for a nuclear future.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jennifer Tate
ViewLondon
November 14, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Tom Dawson
Total Film
November 8, 2013
The director paints a partisan picture, but offers an eloquent and effective challenge to orthodox eco-wisdom.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
November 7, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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Verne Gay
Newsday
November 6, 2013
Intelligent, possibly important, definitely counterintuitive -- but needs more reporting and context.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
October 18, 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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
September 29, 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
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
June 22, 2013
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 | Original Score: B
Louis Black
Austin Chronicle
June 21, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Jamie S. Rich
Oregonian
June 20, 2013
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Jane Sumner
Austin American-Statesman
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 | Original Score: B-
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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
June 18, 2013
Documenting how five authors changed from anti- to pro-nuke energy stances, Stone is less persuasive at translating this logic into reality.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
June 14, 2013
Sure to raise eyebrows.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
June 14, 2013
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 13, 2013
Like many advocacy documentaries, it offers a one-sided argument. This time, however, it's advanced by people who spent much of their lives on the opposite side.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
June 13, 2013
The pro-nuclear left grabs the bullhorn in this lively advocacy documentary.
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
June 13, 2013
Robert Stone's documentary contends that the only feasible answer is nuclear power.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 13, 2013
It's a thought-provoker.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ben Kenigsberg
AV Club
June 13, 2013
Perfunctorily assembled, Pandora's Promise is essentially a pamphlet in motion whose goal is to prompt a larger discussion. But it offers plenty to discuss, and that isn't bad.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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