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39 Ratings

Merchants of Doubt

Directed by Robert Kenner
United States, 2014


Documentarian Robert Kenner (Food, Inc.) investigates the shadowy world of professional skeptics, whose services are bought and paid for by corporations, think tanks and other special interests to cast doubt and delay public and governmental action on climate change.

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Merchants of Doubt Directed by Robert Kenner
This is a huge, unwieldy topic, and the filmmakers do an admirable job of condensing their information and making it comprehensible… "Merchants of Doubt’ seems to know that there’s little chance of changing the minds of people whose profits are tied to the strategy of doubt, or to people who support them for political or ideological reasons. The film is mainly useful as one-stop shopping for the opposition.
March 06, 2015
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The subject of Robert Kenner’s documentary Merchants of Doubt is the catastrophe of global climate change, which is engulfing us even faster than predicted. Kenner doesn’t waste time proving, in this terse, brilliantly argued movie, that climate change is happening or that our dependence on fossil fuels has a causal relationship to it.
March 05, 2015
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In this glossy informational mode of filmmaking, organization is everything, and director Robert Kenner (Food, Inc.) isn’t much of a storyteller. Artless and gimmicky, his style is heavy on ironies and analogies—a magic act framing device here, a montage of waffling politicians set to David Bowie’s “Changes” there—and short on unifying perspective.
March 05, 2015
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