Merchants Of Doubt

2015

Merchants Of Doubt

Critics Consensus

Merchants of Doubt is a thought-provoking documentary assembled with energy and style, even if it doesn't dig as deep as it could.

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Inspired by the acclaimed book by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, Merchants of Doubt takes audiences on a satirically comedic, yet illuminating ride into the heart of conjuring American spin. Filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the curtain on a secretive group of highly charismatic, silver-tongued pundits-for-hire who present themselves in the media as scientific authorities - yet have the contrary aim of spreading maximum confusion about well-studied public threats ranging from toxic chemicals to pharmaceuticals to climate change. (C) Sony Classics

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  • A movie about manufactured consensus would be a vital public service. But "Merchants of Doubt" isn't quite that movie.

    Apr 9, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Aside from an eye-opening investigation of useless and harmful flame repellents pumped into furniture, it sticks to climate change without broadening its scope to other examples of corporate spinning, which must be plentiful.

    Apr 3, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
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  • A compelling exposé of professional propagandists, though the movie itself is not agenda-free.

    Apr 2, 2015 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

    Rafer Guzman

    Newsday
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  • You leave "Merchants of Doubt," as you do any good muckraking documentary, both fascinated and enraged ...

    Mar 27, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Merchants of Doubt shouldn't be a hard sell. The fact that it is should make you very mad.

    Mar 26, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Subtle, it's not. But it is effective.

    Mar 19, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
    Boston Globe
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