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'Merchants of Doubt': EW review

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Merchants of Doubt

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG-13
runtime:
33 minutes
release date:
03/04/15
Limited Release Date:
03/06/15
Wide Release Date:
03/04/15
performer:
Frederick Singer, Naomi Oreskes
director:
Robert Kenner
genre:
Documentary

We gave it an A-

The new documentary from director Robert Kenner (Food, Inc.) is the scrappier, angrier second coming of An Inconvenient Truth. An examination of the lobbyists and the pseudo-experts who corporations keep on their payrolls, Merchants of Doubt pulls back the curtain on why the radical changes everyone expected after the Al Gore film never materialized. Kenner’s thesis is that the school of spin used by oil companies today dates back to the PR playbook created by Big Tobacco, which used misinformation to stall progress. Since the kind of lobbying that Merchants of Doubt targets is so ubiquitous, there are times when it feels as if the film’s selected anecdotes are only scratching the surface of a greater evil, but what does make it to screen is intelligent, vital, and enraging. A–