An Inconvenient Truth

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This candid, powerful and informative documentary illuminates some of the myths surrounding its dual subjects: global warming and Al Gore.



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Humanity is sitting on a time bomb. If the vast majority of the world's scientists are right, we have just ten years to avert a major catastrophe that could send our entire planet's climate system into a tail-spin of epic destruction involving extreme weather, floods, droughts, epidemics and killer heat waves beyond anything we have ever experienced- a catastrophe of our own making. If that sounds like a recipe for serious gloom and doom -- think again. From director Davis Guggenheim comes the Sundance Film Festival hit, "An Inconvenient Truth," which offers a passionate and inspirational look at one man's commitment to expose the myths and misconceptions that surround global warming and inspire actions to prevent it. That man is former Vice President Al Gore, who, in the wake of defeat in the 2000 election, re-set the course of his life to focus on an all-out effort to help save the planet from irrevocable change. In this eye-opening and poignant portrait of Gore and his 'traveling global warming show,' Gore is funny, engaging, open and downright on fire about getting the surprisingly stirring truth about what he calls our 'planetary emergency' out to ordinary citizens before it's too late.

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Critic Reviews for An Inconvenient Truth

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  • It grabs you like a thriller with an ending that will haunt your dreams.

    Nov 24, 2006 | Rating: 3/4
  • Just because truths are inconvenient is no reason to suppose they are not real.

    Oct 14, 2006 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
  • t's an enduring irony of movies that one guy talking can be more compelling than a million dollars in locations, extras and effects.

    Sep 23, 2006 | Full Review…

    Paul Arendt
    Top Critic
  • It is utterly convincing, it's emotionally powerful and it makes Gore look more charming than he ever did as a presidential candidate.

    Sep 23, 2006 | Full Review…

    Dave Calhoun

    Time Out
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  • Despite or perhaps because of Gore's schoolmasterly attitudes, his arguments have force. A kind of anti-charisma sees it through.

    Sep 23, 2006 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The film succeeds powerfully, even though it's short on practical solutions, makes some questionable statements of fact and, given Gore's current ambiguous position in public life, requires a tighter focus on the message than on the messenger.

    Jun 22, 2006

Audience Reviews for An Inconvenient Truth

  • Oct 07, 2017
    An enlightening and terrifying documentary that should be mandatory viewing for those who still doubt the harmful impact of our actions in the planet, as it offers indisputable data to prove that there are a lot of unprecedented changes happening in the world now.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 11, 2014
    Amidst the multitudes of problems mankind is battling today, terrorism and poverty among many others, the 2006 documentary feature <i>An Inconvenient Truth</i> focuses the world's attention on one problem that, as believed by United States Senator Al Gore, has not been given enough consideration- global warming. <p>Using various metaphors to make people understand the situation at hand, Gore steers the wheel to take the rest of the world on a journey that appeals to a person's consciousness, showing how serious the global warming issue is and calling for long-term and sustainable actions that would turn the tables. With the world's ignorance and apathy, the destruction of the earth is a sure destination. But with never-ending and effective dissemination of proper information along with utmost dedication to lay down feasible solutions, a planet approaching its own doom can still be rescued. <p>Gore's personal experiences are interwoven with the scientific studies on the global warming issue. This proves to be a good move for a number of reasons. For one, it shows how directly connected a person's own sufferings are to that of the world's. It gives a sense of humanity to the subject as the earth is not merely among the many planets in the universe but is, in fact, mankind's own and only home. Global warming is a serious plight demanding the attention and care not only of scientists and politicians but also of the rest of the world. <p>Time has already run out. Disasters have already shaken the human race to the core. Cities were destroyed, lives were taken. Should we keep on sitting down, wondering what calamity would hit us hard next, and waiting for miracles to come and save us? Or should we start making our own miracles and redeem our own selves? The choice has long been ours. It has always been. <p>We are capable of ruining things. We are also capable of fixing them. Let us take every opportunity to turn things around and make everything right. Every act, every endeavor to save the earth matters regardless how small and insignificant they may seem. We have power far greater than we imagined. <p><i>An Inconvenient Truth</i> may not be so much of a gem technically speaking as its direction, editing and cinematography are not incredibly great. However, <i>An Inconvenient Truth</i> undeniably is a precious piece in this colossal puzzle of delivering the earth from total ruin. <i>An Inconvenient Truth</i> is anything but something to ignore. </ln> </ln> <p> <i>NOTE: I found the time and the urge to make this because it was an assignment for my Environmental Engineering subject.</i>
    Maymay A Super Reviewer
  • Mar 16, 2012
    An Inconvenient Truth is a gripping, scary, and occasionally funny documentary about global warming.
    Bram S Super Reviewer
  • Feb 22, 2012
    Whilst I can't deny the facts presented in the film, there's aways the question of what 'facts' are you embellishing or simply not showing at all. I do believe Al Gore's words, and it's really presented in a modern, interesting and thought-provoking way that you can't help but believe him. Really makes me want to do the best I can for the planet though, which I believe, is the ultimate goal of the film.
    Sophie B Super Reviewer

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