The Age of Stupid (2009)

The Age of Stupid




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Oscar-nominated actor Pete Postlewaite stars in this cautionary look at our changing climate, and what could become of our world should we continue to ignore the warning signs and stop global warming while we still have the chance. The year is 2055, and in a world devastated by mankind's lack of foresight, one lone sole (Postlewaite) seeks the answer to why we let our planet fall to ruin. Looking over archive footage from the year 2007, he sees everyone talking about the damaging effects of … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Special Interest
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Written By: Franny Armstrong
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On DVD: Aug 24, 2010
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Critic Reviews for The Age of Stupid

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (3)

So tightly constructed and dynamic you leave the cinema energised rather than terrified and depressed.

Full Review… | August 21, 2009
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
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Though this narrative device can feel a bit gimmicky and grandiose, it also provides a visual and emotional power that drives home this absorbing film's crucial cautionary message.

Full Review… | July 20, 2009
Los Angeles Times
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A frightening jeremiad about the effects of climate change.

Full Review… | July 17, 2009
New York Times
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An eye-opening look at individual contributions to global warming.

Full Review… | August 15, 2011
Film Journal International

...a run-of-the-mill documentary revolving around the impact that humanity's progressively bad decisions are having on the environment...

Full Review… | January 13, 2010
Reel Film Reviews

Educational and inventive, the documentary speaks with a strong editorial voice from a backward-looking vantage point. It's a narrative device that proves most effective.

Full Review… | September 26, 2009

Audience Reviews for The Age of Stupid


The problem I have with these environmentalists is that they are hawking so much doom and gloom with all of their "the end is neigh" squawks that you end up thinking the only solution is to go back to the stone age. Yes, give us the science, give us the facts, but then focus on just a tiny couple of changes that will make the biggest difference in the next few important years - don't attack every aspect of our consumerist lifestyle even though we know it's wrong! I also thought pin-pointing the low-cost Indian airline as the root of evil was wrong as the same documentary talked about how developing countries actually need to increase their energy usage whilst developed countries cut back.

Ross Collins

Super Reviewer

This average documentary, presented partly as fiction and boasting many interviews, is not too consistent or altogether original, but offers some interesting material, prompting us to realize the most probable result of our careless, destructive ways.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer


Thought provoking at every turn, this eco-drama packs a powerful emotional as well as intellectual punch. Lays out the situation we are in and facing, in unsparing detail. The presentation is novel and far more engaging than 'An Inconvenient Truth'. It cleverly interweaves human stories from around the globe into its overall polemic. Altered my perspective on many issues I thought I had settled in my mind. Powerful reminder of how films can do something worthwhile.

Gordon A

Super Reviewer

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