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  • Summary: The 11th Hour is the last moment when change is possible. The film explores how we’ve arrived at this moment -- how we live, how we impact the earth’s ecosystems, and what we can do to change our course. Featuring ongoing dialogues of experts from all over the world, including former Soviet Prime Minister Mikhail Gorbachev, renowned scientist Stephen Hawking, former head of the CIA R. James Woolsey and sustainable design experts William McDonough and Bruce Mau in addition to over 50 leading scientists, thinkers and leaders who discuss the most important issues that face our planet and people. (Warner Independent Pictures) Expand
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  1. Positive: 20 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
  1. Considerably less slick than "An Inconvenient Truth," and no less urgent.
  2. Reviewed by: Judith Lewis
    Ultimately a triumph of redemptive ideas that DiCaprio ­-- God bless his celebrity -- may finally succeed in transporting from the environmental fringe to the mainstream moviegoing audience.
  3. Reviewed by: Aaron Hillis
    As The 11th Hour's message of Profound Importance warrants a four-star rating, the film itself does not.
  4. Like any good religious sermon, it follows its scary vision of hell with a possibility of last-minute redemption.
  5. If you get through the first hour without slitting your throat, the cautiously optimistic last third offers some intriguing options.
  6. 50
    This movie, for all its noble intentions, is a bore.
  7. 25
    The 11th Hour is slick and passionate, but neither persuasive nor helpful; it's a headache of a film directed like an Errol Morris project, but with half the substance. It's clearly preaching to the choir, but even they may find it off-key.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 5 out of 12
  1. ChrisB.
    Apr 20, 2008
    I am giving this film a perfect score based purely on the depth and insight of the message. I am surprised by some of the negative reviews of this film and I can only guess that some people were unaware that it was a documentary. If you enjoyed An Inconvenient Truth even the smallest bit, then this is a must see. Expand
  2. Enrique
    Sep 5, 2007
    Excellent! One of the most important movies later.
  3. Daniel
    Sep 8, 2007
    Along with "No End In Sight," one of the best documentaries during the last years.
  4. FrankG.
    Sep 1, 2007
    Many of the talking heads in the movie were interviewed in the Sundance Channel's TV series "Big Ideas for a Small Planet". Much of the interviewing focuses on individuals ideas and opinions but as a documentary should include more evidence and data. I think an Inconvenient Truth told a more compelling story. I think the overall message is important but I'm critical of this film as particularly good at delivering that message. Expand
  5. Nov 19, 2011
    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. Collapse
  6. JoeS.
    Apr 14, 2008
    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. Expand
  7. JaredC.
    Aug 18, 2007
    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. Expand

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