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Merchants Of Doubt (2015)



Critic 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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Critic Reviews for Merchants Of Doubt

All Critics (81) | Top Critics (27)

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

Full Review… | April 9, 2015
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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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.

Full Review… | April 3, 2015
Detroit News
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A compelling exposé of professional propagandists, though the movie itself is not agenda-free.

Full Review… | April 2, 2015
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You leave "Merchants of Doubt," as you do any good muckraking documentary, both fascinated and enraged ...

Full Review… | March 27, 2015
Seattle Times
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Merchants of Doubt shouldn't be a hard sell. The fact that it is should make you very mad.

Full Review… | March 26, 2015
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Subtle, it's not. But it is effective.

Full Review… | March 19, 2015
Boston Globe
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Audience Reviews for Merchants Of Doubt


A scathing look at the power of the lobbying industry in the United States. It effectively links the history of lobbyists with the global warming political screen. This is a documentary that all high school students should see.

Bayard Lewis
Bayard Lewis

Should be required viewing for every American. Some good details on what is driving the money from guys like the Koch brothers. Intriguing insight into the way big business attacks scientific facts for their benefit and drive the message. Probably not going to shock you as much as wake you up to some facts that you already are aware of but are not front and center in the media.

Jim Larrison
Jim Larrison

7/7/15 M-Go Scary, moving, intelligent and unbiased. This show how big tobacco not only spent years killing people but laid the PR groundwork for every other corporation who had something dire to hide in the name of profits. It is amazing that people will sell their soul to perpetuate not good science but good politics, at least as their keepers see it. Exxon, Koch Brothers and a host of other super rich people and companies continue to put our lives at risk in the name of profits. Don't miss this one.

Nick Ueber
Nick Ueber

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