Academy Awards 2006 -
Best Original Song: Melissa Etheridge
USA Today - 05/26/2006
"[I]lluminating, fascinating and sometimes frightening. A thought-provoking cautionary tale that is also lively and entertaining, the film showcases the dedication, warmth and, yes, charm of the former vice president."
New York Times - 06/09/2006
"One of the most exciting and necessary movies of the year..."
Sight and Sound - 09/01/2006
"An eco-horror film that is anything but escapist entertainment..."
Total Film - 10/01/2006 4 stars out of 5 -- "Even more than a call to action, it's a fascinating glimpse at the leader he might have been and, if rumours are to be believed, may yet become."
Entertainment Weekly - 11/24/2006
"[A] movie that joins recent polemics like BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE and SUPER SIZE ME in jolting the heart and gut as much as the mind, by entertaining while educating." -- Grade: A-
Rolling Stone - 11/30/2006
"The former veep delivers his message with the ardor of a true activist."
Uncut - 01/01/2007 5 stars out of 5 -- "More engrossing than a PowerPoint presentation by a semi-retired politician has any right to be."
Widescreen Review - 02/01/2007
"[Y]ou will be astounded and amazed at the precarious, and seemingly dire, situation our Earth is in."
A movie based on a PowerPoint presentation by a former presidential candidate may not sound exciting, but once AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH hits its stride viewers may be surprised how compelling the subject matter proves to be. While many high-ranking political figures continue to argue about global warming, Al Gore has plunged headlong into a serious wake-up call for the planet with a series of lectures about the problem. It's on one of these lectures that this movie from director Davis Guggenheim is based. Guggenheim breaks up Gore's delivery by illustrating his points with film footage, much of which features the former Democratic nominee exploring the globe as he examines the effects of global warming. Gore's speech is neatly divided between calm recitations of the facts about the issue and several stories of a personal nature. His skills as an orator are considerable, and it's hard not to be alarmed by most of what he has to say. Indeed, as Gore relates tales of melting polar icecaps, rising global temperatures, and the reluctance of political leaders to do something about the problem, the film takes on an air of hopelessness and doom, especially as no easy solutions are offered. Gore's advice is for individuals to take steps to reduce their own inadvertent poisoning of the atmosphere, and to persuade others to do likewise. It's a powerful message, and one that is likely to remain in non-cynical minds long after the film comes to a conclusion.