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Alan Laidlaw
The List
November 15, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Andrew Schenker
Time Out
June 11, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
June 11, 2013
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 ...
Sarah Boslaugh
PopMatters
June 13, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Dann Gire
Chicago Daily Herald
June 14, 2013
The result is a thoughtful documentary whose facts and figures have been compromised by Stone's one-sided approach.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
June 11, 2013
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.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
November 12, 2013
Like so many campaigning docs this is much more interested in throwing darts at the other guys than giving us a balanced film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 13, 2013
Its marshaling of the facts is one-sided, leaving many questions, and considerable scientific evidence, unexplored.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
July 11, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
June 13, 2013
Without telling us about the producers or introducing us to more sources, it can't contribute enough to an honest debate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Sheri Linden
Los Angeles Times
June 13, 2013
The lack of opposing voices diminishes the film, even as Stone raises issues that shouldn't be discounted out of hand.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
July 11, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
July 13, 2013
The film's blatantly one-sided presentation undercuts the pro-nuclear argument more than any counterargument.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Jamie S. Rich
Oregonian
June 20, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Verne Gay
Newsday
November 6, 2013
Intelligent, possibly important, definitely counterintuitive -- but needs more reporting and context.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Jennifer Tate
ViewLondon
November 14, 2013
Thoroughly engaging thanks to its strong editing and startling facts, but the film feels a little conceited thanks to its one-sided argument.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Roger Moore
Tribune News Service
June 12, 2013
A one-sided argument to a debate worth revisiting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
June 14, 2013
Sure to raise eyebrows.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
June 13, 2013
It's a thought-provoker.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
September 29, 2013
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
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