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.
| Original Score: 2/5
In its attempts to debunk the feasibility of massive energy reduction, Pandora's Promise at least brings some measure of rhetorical skill to its arguments.
Alas, its argument against fear-driven orthodoxy is undercut by the fact that, as with so many of this subgenre's entrants, there are no substantial competing voices included in the mix ...
Unfortunately, too many people confuse convincingly expressed belief with actual evidence about the true state of the world, and that's what Stone is banking on.
| Original Score: 4/10
The result is a thoughtful documentary whose facts and figures have been compromised by Stone's one-sided approach.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
You need to make an argument. A parade of like-minded nuclear-power advocates who assure us that everything will be all right just doesn't cut it.
Like so many campaigning docs this is much more interested in throwing darts at the other guys than giving us a balanced film.
Its marshaling of the facts is one-sided, leaving many questions, and considerable scientific evidence, unexplored.
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.
| Original Score: 2/4
Without telling us about the producers or introducing us to more sources, it can't contribute enough to an honest debate.
The lack of opposing voices diminishes the film, even as Stone raises issues that shouldn't be discounted out of hand.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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.
The film's blatantly one-sided presentation undercuts the pro-nuclear argument more than any counterargument.
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
Intelligent, possibly important, definitely counterintuitive -- but needs more reporting and context.
| Original Score: B-
Thoroughly engaging thanks to its strong editing and startling facts, but the film feels a little conceited thanks to its one-sided argument.
A one-sided argument to a debate worth revisiting.
Sure to raise eyebrows.
It's a thought-provoker.
| Original Score: 3/4
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