• Network: Showtime
  • Series Premiere Date: Apr 13, 2014
  • Season #: 1
Metascore
81

Universal acclaim - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Apr 7, 2014
    75
    It’s a cinematic story whose focus isn’t polar bears and receding glaciers.
  2. Reviewed by: Stephan Lee
    Apr 4, 2014
    91
    The science/star-power combo lends both a sense of urgency and a cinematic sparkle. [11 Apr 2014, p.60]
  3. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Apr 11, 2014
    80
    Years of Living Dangerously, produced by James Cameron, Jerry Weintraub and Arnold Schwarzenegger, does a good job in its premiere of widening the discussion of global warming.
  4. Reviewed by: Erik Adams
    Apr 10, 2014
    75
    Built on a blockbuster framework, Years Of Living Dangerously comes off more like a word-of-mouth sleeper, a documentary that’ll drop science on people drawn in by the promise of Harrison Ford berating a foreign minister like he’s a Russian terrorist who’s not welcome on Air Force One.
  5. Reviewed by: Allison Keene
    Apr 11, 2014
    80
    The actors are passionate, but not experts. They let the scientists, the workers, the officials, and others tell their stories. It's part of Years of Living Dangerously's refreshing and inclusive tone: it's not important how one gets to this point of understanding the issues, but simply that one does.
  6. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Apr 11, 2014
    80
    You might assume that this meant sacrificing some measure of journalistic credibility in the quest for attention. But the truth is, Mr. Ford and Mr. Cheadle are just as good as any seasoned television correspondent at the newsmagazine drill.
  7. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Apr 10, 2014
    80
    The statistics used are occasionally mind-boggling (enough forest lost every year to cover Germany), and the stars’ intense reactions at times perhaps a little too studied. Nevertheless, the producers build a compelling case, and keep the production moving by flitting among two or three separate celeb investigators in each hour.
User Score
6.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Jul 9, 2014
    6
    I think this show is a great introduction to the THEORY of human caused climate change and I say theory because this show directly linksI think this show is a great introduction to the THEORY of human caused climate change and I say theory because this show directly links storms to human industrialization and that is wrong from a scientific perspective. Even evolution is still a theory.
    Now what i DO like is the exposure this show brings to areas like Yemen, Bangladesh, Indonesia etc that most westerners do not see so regardless of the preachiness (what social & environmentalist documentary series isn't preachy) this is an important show for people to see.
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