Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 23
  2. Negative: 1 out of 23
  1. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Dec 14, 2010
    88
    Cool It -- complete with its own slide show and witty graphics -- amounts to a devastating rebuttal to Gore-ism.
  2. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Dec 14, 2010
    80
    By bringing in a diverse group of big thinkers to take part in a very animated, sometimes agitated, discussion, the filmmaker has succeeded in bringing what could have been a very dry mountain of data, theories and experimental research to vibrant life.
  3. Reviewed by: Andrea Gronvall
    Dec 14, 2010
    80
    Thanks to her fearless, charismatic star, Ondi Timoner has directed one of the more hopeful movies of the year.
  4. 75
    Jam-packed but never disorienting, Cool It will definitely get your head spinning.
  5. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Dec 14, 2010
    75
    It will mightily preach to the choirs of concerned citizens, and be ignored by anyone else.
  6. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Dec 14, 2010
    70
    Cool It finally blossoms into an engrossing, brain-tickling picture as many of Al Gore's meticulously graphed assertions are systematically - and persuasively - refuted.
  7. Reviewed by: Mark Jenkins
    Dec 14, 2010
    70
    To devotees of Al Gore's prophecy of a soon-to-be-parboiled Earth, "Skeptical Environmentalist" author Bjorn Lomborg is the devil. So what does an ecologically incorrect demon look like? Like an aging Danish surfer dude, it turns out.
  8. Reviewed by: Michelle Orange
    Dec 14, 2010
    70
    Timoner attempts - with talking heads, travelogues, and a little alarmist flair of her own - to articulate Lomborg's central idea that not doing enough good might be the same as doing harm.
  9. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Dec 14, 2010
    67
    And while the blond, youthful, and entirely sane-seeming Lomborg was initially pilloried for his calm, rational views by the global environmental movement, his ideas and solutions arrive as a refreshing tonic in the face of global warming's more vocal fearmongers.
  10. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Dec 14, 2010
    67
    The telegenic Lomborg is the on-camera "star" of the show, while his angry critics growl on cue.
  11. Reviewed by: Tirdad Derakhshani
    Dec 14, 2010
    63
    It is at its best when examining alternative sources of energy and how their development has consistently been thwarted by the energy industry.
  12. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Dec 14, 2010
    63
    Some of it sounds, quite frankly, nuts. And a few of Lomborg's enemies have said as much. But throwing tons of money at the problem with little result? That also sounds kind of crazy.
  13. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Dec 14, 2010
    63
    Cool It arrives having been labeled the anti-"An Inconvenient Truth." It is. But not in the philistinistic way you'd expect.
  14. Reviewed by: David Fear
    Dec 14, 2010
    60
    To Cool It's credit and its detriment, the movie establishes that Lomborg quickly made enemies, without spelling out exactly why he's so loathed besides refusing to toe the Green Party line.
  15. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Dec 14, 2010
    60
    Lomborg has clearly been stung by the suggestion that he's a front man for know-nothingism, and Cool It is an agreeable and partly successful attempt to repair his image.
  16. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Dec 14, 2010
    60
    While Lomborg is an engaging though sometimes smug subject, director Ondi Timoner allows a coterie of scientists to spend too much time puncturing Gore than propping up Lomborg - who comes off as charismatic and engaged but, ultimately, merely a contrarian.
  17. Reviewed by: Randy Cordova
    Dec 14, 2010
    60
    The movie is never boring, but there may be some information overload for laymen in the audience.
  18. Reviewed by: Tim Cogshell
    Dec 14, 2010
    60
    Cool It resonates, and gives one pause not just to consider the merits of the global warming question, but to consider the merits of all that we've decided to do about it, impending doom notwithstanding.
  19. Reviewed by: Justin Lowe
    Dec 14, 2010
    50
    Despite some interesting ideas, Cool It's conventional camerawork and unexceptional editing don't contribute much additional value to a package that's unlikely to alter Lomborg's outsider status.
  20. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    Dec 14, 2010
    50
    Narrated by Lomborg, the movie uses lecture excerpts, clips of terrified schoolchildren and interviews with (mostly) like-minded scientists to get his points across.
  21. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Dec 14, 2010
    50
    But as useful as it is to chew on ideas that don't hew to climate change dogma, Cool It leaves big questions about Lomborg unanswered.
  22. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Dec 14, 2010
    50
    Here's a man who's doing to environmental science what the Atkins Diet did to weight loss, and Timoner isn't looking for anyone to call his conclusions into question? Nonsense.
  23. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Dec 14, 2010
    30
    The nitty-gritty science of global warming is tough enough to evaluate without the sort of hard-sell Ondi Timoner pushes on behalf of her subject, Bjørn Lomborg.

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