An Inconvenient Truth 2006

Critics score:
93 / 100

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Connie Ogle, Miami Herald: 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. Read more

Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times: 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. Read more

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune: 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. Read more

David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture: 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. Read more

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal: 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. Read more

Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper: It's very effective and very successful. I think it can create a debate and discussion and you can go from there. Read more

Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Like an inventive and engrossing lecture by your favorite eighth-grade science teacher, making it an engaging movie, whatever your politics. Read more

Scott Tobias, AV Club: It seems better suited to classrooms than movie theaters, though any way its urgent message can be disseminated should be encouraged. Read more

Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic: 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. Read more

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe: In an eco-horror show that politely masquerades as a documentary, the former vice president effectively warns of man-made cataclysm. Read more

Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times: ... highly persuasive ... Read more

J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader: 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. Read more

Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle: A film that invests hard science with impassioned moral drive. Read more

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor: Just because truths are inconvenient is no reason to suppose they are not real. Read more

Michael Booth, Denver Post: 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. Read more

Tom Long, Detroit News: Matter of fact, it's surprisingly entertaining, if ultimately shocking. Read more

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly: 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? Read more

Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press: 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. Read more

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail: Much of this material is familiar, but presented in total, over the course of 100 minutes, the impact is frightening. Read more

Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News: 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. Read more

Jan Stuart, Newsday: An Inconvenient Truth is no great shakes as moviemaking, but it may just shake enough bean counters out of complacency to make a difference. Read more

Lisa Rose, Newark Star-Ledger: ... the movie preaches to the choir rather than winning over new converts. Read more

A.O. Scott, New York Times: An Inconvenient Truth is a necessary film. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: 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. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: 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. Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: 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. Read more

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Peter Howell, Toronto Star: Mandatory viewing regardless, much as an alarm clock must be heeded despite its annoying ring. Read more

Richard Schickel, TIME Magazine: 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. Read more

Dave Calhoun, Time Out: It is utterly convincing, it's emotionally powerful and it makes Gore look more charming than he ever did as a presidential candidate. Read more

Claudia Puig, USA Today: What could have been mired in political rhetoric or techno-speak is instead illuminating, fascinating and sometimes frightening. Read more

Dennis Harvey, Variety: An excellent educational tool. Read more

Rob Nelson, Village Voice: ... 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. Read more

Desson Thomson, Washington Post: 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. Read more