The 11th Hour

User Score
6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 18
  2. Negative: 5 out of 18
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  1. IamheA.
    Aug 26, 2007
    3
    If you want to see exactly what is missing from this film, go to your favorite video site and search for "Vandana Shiva." Shiva has spent a lifetime building people's movements to take back rights to water and other critical resources that have been usurped by corporations for private gain. In the 11th hour, Shiva's face flashes across the screen for a split second, but not a If you want to see exactly what is missing from this film, go to your favorite video site and search for "Vandana Shiva." Shiva has spent a lifetime building people's movements to take back rights to water and other critical resources that have been usurped by corporations for private gain. In the 11th hour, Shiva's face flashes across the screen for a split second, but not a single word from her can be heard. This is emblematic of the fact that the leaders of anti-corporate movements throughout the world, as such, have no voice in this film. You do hear from some activists, such as Wangari Maathai, but only as talking head "experts" on the subject of our planetary demise, not as leaders of movements intended to actually do something about it. Although the film makes the point that political, rather than technical, approaches are the most important and difficult part of any true solution, the solutions presented as examples are almost entirely of a technical nature, with an emphasis on consumer choices rather than upon collective organizing and action. While the film does present the seriousness of the unfolding calamity, without viable political approaches the effect may be to paralyze rather than to awaken. Expand
  2. JoeS.
    Apr 14, 2008
    3
    Repetitive, doggedly so. dismal and depressing. a far cry from "an inconvenient truth". turns the viewer off. lacking in hope or inspiration. Just a bunch of talking heads.
  3. Nov 19, 2011
    3
    Perhaps I am writing with too much hindsight (the 11th Hour was released four years ago after all), but after finally seeing the film, I found it's message oddly dated. The talking heads clearly know their stuff (though I do object to the fact that they are overwhelmingly composed of American "experts" with a book to sell), but it seems like the film takes far too long to make its point.Perhaps I am writing with too much hindsight (the 11th Hour was released four years ago after all), but after finally seeing the film, I found it's message oddly dated. The talking heads clearly know their stuff (though I do object to the fact that they are overwhelmingly composed of American "experts" with a book to sell), but it seems like the film takes far too long to make its point. Two thirds of the film (nearly an hour) is taken up with re-stating what the vast majority of people who chose to watch the film presumably already know. When a number of solutions to the woes of climate change are finally presented, it is informative and interesting, but it should not take so long to get to the main point of your argument. And I accept that Leonardo DiCaprio is a dedicated and passionate environmental campaigner, but why get him to film cringe-inducing links between each section of the film? Yes DiCaprio's financial and promotional backing of the project must have been a great help to get The 11th Hour's message out there, but is it really necessary to him Leo staring wistfully off into the sunset whenever the debate runs out of steam. We get it Leo - you care! Now stop looking guilty on our behalf and let us listen to the experts again! Perhaps my view of the film would be different had I seen it sooner, before I heard all of the arguments being presented through different channels. As it is, The 11th Hour does eventually get round to raising some interesting points, and presenting viable political, economic and scientific solutions to humanity's collective damage to Planet Earth, but a lot of it is filler, and the rest is stale and preachy. The Planet diserves far more than just Leonardo DiCaprio's ernest intentions. Expand
  4. S.A.SR.
    Aug 31, 2007
    0
    BORING-INFORMATIVE-BUT BORING AS HELL. I could've waited for the "documentary" to come to HBO On Demand, or any ON DEMAND for that matter. After the first 15 min. I found more excitement poring butter on my popcorn & opening salt packets! I was like "what in the hell have I gotten myself into?" Please, please, PLEASE don't make a sequel; Leo is good, but.....*sigh*.......the BORING-INFORMATIVE-BUT BORING AS HELL. I could've waited for the "documentary" to come to HBO On Demand, or any ON DEMAND for that matter. After the first 15 min. I found more excitement poring butter on my popcorn & opening salt packets! I was like "what in the hell have I gotten myself into?" Please, please, PLEASE don't make a sequel; Leo is good, but.....*sigh*.......the idea, the thought, the message, could've & should've been saved for cable and my money should've been saved for my gas tank! Expand
  5. JaredC.
    Aug 18, 2007
    0
    One of the year's boringest movies (with Babel being in first, and then The Good Shepherd in second), this in third because Leo embraces his character perfectly and did a lot better of a success than Matt Damon in The Good Shepherd and Brad Pitt in Babel. I only respect Leonardo DiCaprio in this movie, nothing else, as it is boring and not captivating, just interesting.
Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
  1. It isn’t much of a movie (unless your aesthetic was formed in high-school science class), but it will be hugely informative to aliens who land on this planet in a thousand years and wonder why there’s no welcoming committee.
  2. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    70
    Presents the viewer with reams of depressing data, loads of hand-wringing about the woeful state of humanity and, finally, some altogether fascinating ideas about how to go about solving the climate crisis.
  3. Reviewed by: Mike D'Angelo
    40
    A cautionary eco-doc so earnest and moth-eaten it should properly be seen on filmstrip during fourth-period social studies.