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Merchants of Doubt

HD   PG-13 Closed Captioning

Robert Kenner

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About the Movie

Inspired by the acclaimed book by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway, Merchants of Doubt takes audiences on a satirically comedic yet illuminating ride into the heart of conjuring American spin. Filmmaker Robert Kenner lifts the curtain on a secretive group of highly charismatic, silver-tongued pundits-for-hire who present themselves in the media as scientific authorities – yet have the contrary aim of spreading maximum confusion about well-studied public threats ranging from toxic chemicals to pharmaceuticals to climate change.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 81
  • Fresh: 69
  • Rotten: 12
  • Average Rating: 7.0/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Informative and infuriating ... – A.O. Scott, New York Times, Mar 5, 2015

Fresh: When (and before) the end credits roll, you will probably feel a sense of outrage - and helplessness. – David Lewis, San Francisco Chronicle, Mar 12, 2015

Fresh: Subtle, it's not. But it is effective. – Boston Globe, Mar 19, 2015

Rotten: In this glossy informational mode of filmmaking, organization is everything, and director Robert Kenner (Food, Inc.) isn't much of a storyteller. – Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, AV Club, Mar 5, 2015

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Customer Reviews

Weaponizing ignorance

Another example that those who are motivated to steer the uninformed to a desired opinion, often using easy answers or baseless fears, are much more successful than are efforts to inform about complicated topics (e.g., science, technology, medicine, money, politics).

This happens on both the left and right. This story is about efforts from the right, and it provides a view into our society that is every bit as scary and disappointing as you might expect.

Well done!

This is a great and insightful look into the manufactured psychology of the anti-science P.R. world. Interviews with libertarians like the editor of Skeptic magazine and conservative lawmakers like Bob Inglis are particularly revealing in how they chose to see through the false campaign of doubt.

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So, the merchants of Hate are doing films about the merchants of Doubt, while the merchants of Love pray they will both snap out of their stupidity.

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2014

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