“A Sobering Look At Global Warming.”
“AL GORE - GET OFF OF YOURSELF!”
An Inconvenient Truth can't, of course, reveal a future that is still up to us, but by the time you're done watching, the real question is, Which way on God's green earth would you want to err?
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
An Inconvenient Truth is a necessary film.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
Despite or perhaps because of Gore's schoolmasterly attitudes, his arguments have force. A kind of anti-charisma sees it through.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
What could have been mired in political rhetoric or techno-speak is instead illuminating, fascinating and sometimes frightening.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
While Gore's onstage presentation tells us nothing new, it has a renewed -- call it recycled -- potency, in light of a growing scientific consensus about changing weather patterns.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
In an eco-horror show that politely masquerades as a documentary, the former vice president effectively warns of man-made cataclysm.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
... the film makes for compelling psychobiography despite the fact that Gore, stiff as an air-conditioned breeze at the Four Seasons, isn't the least bit compelling himself.
Rob Nelson - Village Voice
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.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
A film that invests hard science with impassioned moral drive.
Amy Biancolli - Houston Chronicle
An Inconvenient Truth, like its star, is quite persuasive in framing global warming as a crisis rapidly accelerating along with the planet's population. That means us. And that means the potential to take action.
Chris Vognar - Dallas Morning News
Will likely make you admire Al Gore a little more than you already do, worry about the planet a lot more than you already do, and finally, leave you with as many questions as when you started.
Michael Booth - Denver Post
An Inconvenient Truth is one of the most realistic documentaries I've ever seen -- and, dry as it is, one of the most devastating in its implications.
David Edelstein - New York Magazine
It will be interesting to watch how skeptics will deal with Gore's bad news on the environment without making themselves look very small.
David Denby - New Yorker
In 39 years, I have never written these words in a movie review, but here they are: You owe it to yourself to see this film. If you do not, and you have grandchildren, you should explain to them why you decided not to.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
In the battle between Big Trouble (Gore's line) and Big Oil (Bush's), fossil fuel won. Even with gas prices it's still winning, which is why An Inconvenient Truth, for all its limitations as cinematic agitprop, deserves an audience.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
Really two movies: a sobering lecture about a globe that's getting warmer and a profile of a leader whose career has always been hindered by his apparent lack of warmth.
J. R. Jones - Chicago Reader
A powerful film that educates as it engages.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
Matter of fact, it's surprisingly entertaining, if ultimately shocking.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Despite quibbles over details, the case [Gore] presents is compelling, and anyone who isn't sure whether global warming is a mounting crisis or a massive hoax should see this film.
Kerry Lengel - Arizona Republic
An excellent educational tool.
Dennis Harvey - Variety
... much of what Gore says in this slide show he gives to people whose minds are not yet fully formed (undergraduates, actors) is absurd, and his assertions often contradict each other.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
Political will, Gore suggests, is a renewable resource. Maybe he has rediscovered his. And maybe, we figure, after we've seen it, we should discover ours.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Mandatory viewing regardless, much as an alarm clock must be heeded despite its annoying ring.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Much of this material is familiar, but presented in total, over the course of 100 minutes, the impact is frightening.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
The clarity and simplicity of the presentation is remarkable. Gore is a likable, confident, humorous speaker. And the material reminds us of the need for vigilance.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Al Gore brings his campaign to reverse global warming to the big screen in this vivid and vital activist movie.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
Gore has brought all the scattered news stories together in one briskly narrated, handsomely illustrated place, and the power of his points is striking. Sobering. Ultimately alarming.
Richard Schickel - TIME Magazine
It grabs you like a thriller with an ending that will haunt your dreams.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
... highly persuasive ...
Kevin Crust - Los Angeles Times
Netflix puts this Oscar winning documentary out again for those who spent the past seven years listening to paid-off-deniers and assorted other Fox News liars.
Roger Moore - McClatchy-Tribune News Service
Dean Essner - Sight and Sound
Brent Simon - Shared Darkness
Those attacking Al Gore as a misinformed prophet or political crybaby likely never watched the film. Holding court with genial wit and warmth, Gore emphasizes his slide content's morals and ethics over its politics and ends on practicality, not panic.
Nick Rogers - Suite101.com
An adequate enough way to get the point across, but I can't help but wonder what the raves for this film are really about.
Gabe Leibowitz - Film and Felt
Gore gets admirable points for using intelligence in his arguments rather than fear
Fernando F. Croce - CinePassion
Peter Keough - Boston Phoenix
Gone is the excruciatingly wooden, heavily-made up candidate from the controversial 2000 Presidential election. In his place, the team from An Inconvenient Truth shows you the Gore democrats wish the voting public had seen%u2014a comfortable, enthusiastic
Heather Huntington - ReelzChannel.com
While the preaching is to the converted, the sheer organization, massing and clarity appear conclusive, and the youngish onscreen attendees nod in agreement.
Donald J. Levit - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Al Gore's global-warming documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, may just be the scariest movie you will see this year.
Brandon Fibbs - BrandonFibbs.com
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
The ultimate effect of An Inconvenient Truth is not unlike looking down the barrel of a loaded gun.
Rob Humanick - Stranger Song
Mark Sells - Oregon Herald
Philip French - Observer [UK]
Dean Essner - Irish Times
Highly recommended even if Al Gore is incapable of getting at the root cause of global warming.
Louis Proyect - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Apesar de ter uma estrutura similar ao dos filmes que enfocam espetaculos de stand-up comedy (o que compromete sua fluidez), este documentario traz informacoes absurdamente importantes que sao transmitidas com clareza pelo carismatico Gore.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Because of its biased tone and shameless promotion of Al Gore it is simply preaching to the converted.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
A vitally important lesson, told in bland charts and alarming images.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
Un documental contundente y alarmante que, de la mano de un preocupado y convincente Al Gore, se convierte en un verdadero llamado a la accion.
Enrique Buchichio - Uruguay Total
Just because truths are inconvenient is no reason to suppose they are not real.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
An eco-horror movie that is anything but escapist entertainment...
Amy Taubin - Sight and Sound
Powerful, intelligent and surprisingly entertaining, Gore presents a compelling case. You'll believe a film can change the world.
Helen OHara - Empire Magazine
Presented by former US Vice President Al Gore, this documentary is a cool, clinical examination of global warming. And if you thought the repercussions were years off, think again.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
t's an enduring irony of movies that one guy talking can be more compelling than a million dollars in locations, extras and effects.
Paul Arendt - BBC
It is utterly convincing, it's emotionally powerful and it makes Gore look more charming than he ever did as a presidential candidate.
Dave Calhoun - Time Out
This is nothing short of life-changing; a film that needs to be seen by every single person on this planet.
Joe Utichi - FilmFocus
Dean Essner - Sydney Morning Herald
Though generally presented in a fawning, overly obsequious style, the film also has a heartening degree of candor... and its triumph is the manner in which it highlights the notion of political will as a renewable resource.
Brent Simon - Now Playing Magazine
Gore is inspired here, a man on a crusade that slide by slide and impassioned remark by remark drives home the inconvenient truth about global warming. It's an alarming scenario so calling him alarmist really misses the point.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
The truth hurts.
Kamal 'The Diva' Larsuel - 3BlackChicks Review
Controversy isn't always a bad thing, and Mr. Freeze's surprising warmth ignites a worthy discussion.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
In spite of brief missteps, the film has an important message that needs to be heard. It's not a doom-and-gloom movie as much as it is a call to action.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
If you are unfamiliar with this issue, or are a sheltered dittohead, this film is a good primer on arguments supporting the idea of global warming.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
... For those within its reach, 'An Inconvenient Truth' is a film we can ignore only at our own peril.
Jonathan R. Perry - Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
I'm recommending what is essentially a non-film because I agree with its politics and I'd like for more people to agree with me than disagree.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
Yes, it's a science lecture when all is said and done, but it's a science lesson that's never dull -- chilling in its conclusions, but hardly boring.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
In my heart of hearts, I know this isn't the best way to start a movie review. But in my heart of hearts, I also know I need to do what's right.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
It's hard to make a visually compelling narrative out of 100 minutes of a 58-year-old man talking about carbon-dioxide emissions, but director Davis Guggenheim does it.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
Every responsible, thinking American should see this film.
Michael W. Phillips, Jr. - Goatdog's Movies
... an important subject, and... possibly an important film.
Philip Martin - Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
As lectures on film go, An Inconvenient Truth sends its message in clear and engaging fashion.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
The educational moments work beautifully, the personal bits don't. Still, one of the year's best - frightening, compelling and at points unforgettable.
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
The material is presented clearly and, for the most part, persuasively, although the side-trips into Gore's family history... seem like the minibiographies that are traditionally served up during election time.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
The United States is by far the worst polluter on the planet, a shameful fact that has to change.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
Cinematic brussel sprouts.
Nick Schager - Lessons of Darkness
This is urgent, important stuff that simply can't be ignored--or left to the politicians--any longer.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
The movie is the message, and it's worth seeing.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
Dean Essner - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Dean Essner - Bullz-Eye.com
An Inconvenient Truth makes a powerful argument that only the willfully deaf will fail to hear.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Dean Essner - Baltimore Sun
The show is lively and heartfelt - a persuasive call to action.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
Though the information is dense and seems a bit like a college lecture, Gore and his presentation come across as quite engaging.
Jean Lowerison - San Diego Metropolitan
I doubt if this film can save the planet, but it speaks volumes for Gore's political future as his public profile is given a much needed makeover.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
the documentary is so convincing that it makes opposers of the argument as credible as Holocaust deniers.
Jon Niccum - Lawrence Journal-World
A public service announcement that appeals mostly to our conscience, but also our hearts.
Eric Melin - Scene-Stealers.com
Even if you think global warming is a bunch of malarkey you'll at least be reassured that Gore is not a robotic government android.
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
This may be the first documentary in memory that will have audiences clamoring, "More hard data! More charts!"
Chris Barsanti - ToxicUniverse.com
Part awkward yet surprisingly funny stand-up comedian, part wily environmentalist, whether you like Gore or hate'm, the last thing word you would use to describe Gore in his new documentary is "boring."
Mike Ward - Richmond.com
It's a "must see, then go and do" film.
Sean O'Connell - Charlotte Weekly
Despite [its] weighty evidence, An Inconvenient Truth manages to transcend total doom and gloom in gratifyingly imaginative ways ...
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
While it is a sobering film, it is not depressing...there might be more fun ways to spend your summer afternoon, but Gore infuses his talk with much more than just, as he calls it, a nature hike through the Book of Revelations.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
The truths in this challenging film aren't just inconvenient; they're darkly fascinating, mighty scary, and, it seems to me, undeniable.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
A nonfiction disaster movie about the ultimate in non-partisan concerns, the fate of the planet.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
The surprise of An Inconvenient Truth is that it's not a downer. Gore's humor is self-deprecating, his tone never bitter.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Well-crafted, compelling cinematic food for thought.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
The film is more suspenseful than many thrillers and more emotional than many tear-jerkers. And, most of all, it's scarier than any horror flick.
Donald Munro - Fresno Bee
It's probably best to ignore the film's political subtext and simply concentrate on the message: global warming is real, we're responsible for it, and we can do something about it without ruining the U.S. economy. But we're running out of time.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
A torrent of data, graphs, and images churns into a Category 5 scientific warning of impending doom for the earth. . . . consciousness-raising by a man who has found his calling.
Brian Gibson - Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
On screen, Gore is persuasive and engaging, trotting out facts and photographs to go along with high-tech graphs that would make Ross Perot envious.
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
The movie's impact overcomes any discomfort with Gore or his politics.
Ralph Brave - Orlando Weekly
Regardless of all the cacophonous naysaying, this is an absorbing documentary that gently pushes a message that all Americans of sound mind and good conscience can embrace: Let's work together to make the world a better place.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
An Inconvenient Truth may be considered by some as liberal ranting by Al Gore, but Davis Guggenheim and all make a good case for his doomsday claims.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
If it all sounds a little contrived and too well-rehearsed, it is all on behalf of a greater good, since the statistics are individually alarming, collectively chilling and all but irrefutable.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
This movie will shake you, especially if you have kids. The central facts are piling up in a way that disturbs anything but indolent complacency.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
Gore's insistent, motivated sense of morality has finally found an outlet, even making use of skills honed over years of campaigning -- parrying, querying, quipping.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
It's about science and only because we live in a society where believing in scientific truth has become controversial can it be seen as partisan at all.
Marc Mohan - Oregonian
Communicates the dangers of ignoring global warning with credible urgency in a way news coverage of conferences and TV news segments have never been able to do.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
Frightening and timely, the smartly organized documentary is an urgent plea for responsibility and action as well as an impassioned call to heed the ominous warnings of science.
Connie Ogle - Miami Herald
...the fundamental obstacle to making the average human aware and concerned about the ecology is a matter of comprehending scale--a problem which the formerly robotic Democrat tackles rather elegantly.
Rubin Safaya - Cinemalogue.com
The film makes [Gore] out to be a bigger martyr and a better savior than Jesus Christ, himself.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
This isn't a 'fun' film, per se, but it never ceases to be fascinating and eye-opening.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
To Gore's credit, he is using this film to promote something other than himself (although, granted, that is a nifty side effect). He does seem to truly care about the world in which we live.
Phoebe Flowers - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
An Inconvenient Truth is entertaining and for the last reason you'd expect: Al Gore is good company.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Like an inventive and engrossing lecture by your favorite eighth-grade science teacher, making it an engaging movie, whatever your politics.
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Parroting conventional wisdom is anything but inconvenient, and a theory is not a truth. The 'sky is falling' always sells -- books, movies and politicians.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
It's very effective and very successful. I think it can create a debate and discussion and you can go from there.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
Although it's the most important film of the year, it will still be a hard sell to hard-headed truth-deniers.
Boo Allen - Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
This stunning documentary about global warming is a well-reasoned, clearly-proven, intelligent, cogent, irresistible torrent of scientific data, in a curiously warm, engaging, often funny presentation.
Janos Gereben - Entertainment Insiders
Definitely propaganda on an issue that remains divisive....[but] Even if Gore is wrong, and I'm not saying he is, his proposed solutions are common-sensibly sound.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Gore plainly illustrates the bind we find ourselves in environmentally, while swiftly and effectively dismissing any so-called 'debate' on the issue.
Annlee Ellingson - Boxoffice Magazine
Has its heart in the right place but overall the film stands as a one-track doomsday warning with too little substance to achieve its intended effect.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Documentary filmmaking at its best: Make a case, make it convincingly, and show us what to do about it.
Bruce Kirkland - Jam! Movies
Even if Gore is polishing his own image in advance of a run for president (he denies it), he lays out the basics of the case for global warming in a way that is lucid and mostly fair.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
Gore's multimedia presentation is like a rock concert: ever-changing visuals and on-stage mini-shticks that draw the audience into a mountain of scientific data, anecdotes that connect the dots and make the larger picture clear...
Les Wright - culturevulture.net
If you see only one movie this year, make it An Inconvenient Truth. It may not be the year's best movie, or its most entertaining, but it's certainly the most terrifyingly crucial.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Brings a feeling of history: Virtually everyone who sees this movie will be galvanized to do something about global warming -- and everyone should see this movie.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Regardless of how you may feel about Gore the politician, this film is an important one, and its ultimate message of hope (it's not too late) and duty (as humans, we need to do the right thing by the planet on which we live) is inspiring and invigorating.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
Can you dislike Al Gore's green documentary 'An Inconvenient Truth' and still like trees?
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
The most compelling disaster movie of the summer.
Scott Von Doviak - Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Scott Von Doviak - Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
It's a mind-boggling disaster epic that draws its special power from the fact that we are both the villains and victims of the story.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
No matter how much generosity critics and activists show this movie, it is still a boring slideshow by a boring speaker with cool graphics and thus, a boring movie.
David Poland - Movie City News
After sitting through this monotone lecture on melting glaciers and carbon dioxide, you'll be eager to drop the class.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
Director Davis Guggenheim expands Gore's highly polished multimedia lecture into dramatic form with personal footage of Gore that exemplifies his 40-year commitment to a subject that is consuming our Earth.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Gore's one-man global road show manages to both stagger and humble viewers with an accessible mix of data and evidence.
Randy Myers - Contra Costa Times
For a doomsday lecture, it's shockingly entertaining. Well, on second thought maybe 'entertaining' isn't exactly the right word...
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
Illuminating and distressing...a grave message indeed.
Jeanne Aufmuth - Palo Alto Weekly
Relevant and persuasive, it's a convincing plea for activism.
Susan Granger - Modamag.com
From a 'legal' perspective, Gore presents a strong case...well worth seeking out, inviting others to, and debating afterward.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
A stern warning and a call to arms, a must-see for anyone who hopes to save the world from ignorance and inaction.
Dean Essner - E! Online
It's as a piece of entertainment that the movie scores its most surprising victory, taking the audience on a dizzying emotional and intellectual journey.
Brett Buckalew - FilmStew.com
Al Gore is a big fat liar.
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
I wish that there was a way to get the facts in this film in front of the audience that needs to see it, the audience that takes the words of human mockeries like Michael Crichton and Michelle Malkin as gospel.
Devin Faraci - CHUD
It seems better suited to classrooms than movie theaters, though any way its urgent message can be disseminated should be encouraged.
Scott Tobias - AV Club
Where he won me back was when he started talking about the population issues... Perhaps this should be a birth control film as well as an environmental one.
Fred Topel - Can Magazine
The argument would be compelling and moving, even if delivered stiffly, but one of the real revelations of the film is his relaxed, personable, often funny, delivery.
Andy Klein - Los Angeles CityBeat
Gore's somewhat stiff but clearly deeply felt delivery turns out to be just right for this material. Anything else would sound shrill and shriek-y.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Inconvenient Truth might not be to everyone's tastes, but it's trying to do something positive in a time when forward thinking always seems to be punished.
Brian Orndorf - FilmJerk.com
Anybody who takes a long-term interest in the state of the planet--say, more than next hurricane season--would do well to see An Inconvenient Truth.
Jurgen Fauth - About.com
Dave White - Movies.com
Gore's "traveling global warming show" brims over with insight, idealism, and hope.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
... a rousing, upbeat concert film about the end of the world.
Bob Strauss - Los Angeles Daily News
If you believe, as I do, that global warming is a critical problem, then An Inconvenient Truth could not arrive at a more important time.
Daniel Eagan - Film Journal International
... the movie preaches to the choir rather than winning over new converts.
Lisa Rose - Newark Star-Ledger
As a film, An Inconvenient Truth falls somewhere between an auditorium survey class and a stump speech, and if it covers no new ground, it benefits greatly from Gore's air of educated sobriety and principled rectitude ...
Maitland McDonagh - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Truth succeeds at cutting through the clutter surrounding global warming by making a clear, compelling case for how our actions are affecting the planet.
Ethan Alter - Premiere Magazine
... it's impossible not to be shaken, stirred, and, finally, thoroughly enlightened by what the man is saying.
Gary Goldstein - Reel.com
[Y]ou don't need to like Gore, or trust him, or even believe him to get a swift kick in the pants, one that'll scare the hell out of you...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
What one comes away with hoping for the future is that we do not look back on Al Gore as we look back now on Eisenhower ("Why We Fight") or Edward R. Murrow ("Good Night, and Good Luck") - as a man who gave a warning unheeded.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
frankly, this is a guy who was VP of the United States, and he wasn't able to affect change. Now he's telling me to fix it by%u2026 recycling?
Anne Gilbert - Filmcritic.com
Voters who perceived Gore as a stiff, bland politician hen-pecked by the issues and unable to connect to his audience may be pleased by this makeover.
Jeremiah Kipp - Slant Magazine
Al Gore delivers his thousandth lecture on the subject as though it were his first--he's fresh and energetic, warm and friendly.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
An Inconvenient Truth is no great shakes as moviemaking, but it may just shake enough bean counters out of complacency to make a difference.
Jan Stuart - Newsday
A flat earth was inconvenient to Papal authority in Galileo's time. Now, what heresy is Gore committing with a scientifically based argument against contributing further to relentlessly destructive natural forces?
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
A 96-minute political commercial supporting the deification of Al Gore.
Phil Hall - Film Threat
Left-wing pop science gone mad.
Tony Medley - tonymedley.com
Subtext is just as important as text in Al Gore's cautionary tale of global warming and call to arms. Docu shows how personal tragedies (Gore almost losing his son) and crises can be channeled creatively toward relevant issues larger than oneself.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com