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Pandora's Promise Reviews

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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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Verne Gay
Newsday
November 6, 2013
Intelligent, possibly important, definitely counterintuitive -- but needs more reporting and context.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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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
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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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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times
June 18, 2013
Documenting how five authors changed from anti- to pro-nuke energy stances, Stone is less persuasive at translating this logic into reality.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
June 14, 2013
In the end, its somewhat equivocal message - that nuclear power might just be the lesser of several evils - is more convincing than you'd think.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 13, 2013
Like many advocacy documentaries, it offers a one-sided argument. This time, however, it's advanced by people who spent much of their lives on the opposite side.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
June 13, 2013
The pro-nuclear left grabs the bullhorn in this lively advocacy documentary.
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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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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
June 13, 2013
Robert Stone's documentary contends that the only feasible answer is nuclear power.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ben Kenigsberg
AV Club
June 13, 2013
Perfunctorily assembled, Pandora's Promise is essentially a pamphlet in motion whose goal is to prompt a larger discussion. But it offers plenty to discuss, and that isn't bad.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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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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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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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 ...
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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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John Anderson
Variety
January 22, 2013
Most issue docs are propaganda, and Robert Stone's latest is a formidable sales pitch for nukes, yet the film's points are well reasoned and urgent.