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Merchants of Doubt

  • Starring: Naomi Oreskes, Sam Roe
  • Director: Robert Kenner
  • Genre(s): Documentary
  • Rating: PG-13
  • Running Time: 96 min.

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. Documentarian 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. [Participant Media]

"Merchants of Doubt is an important film. It's a riveting film, a necessary film, one that every American should see."
- Marc Mohan, Portland Oregonian
"[It] means to make people angry, and to make them think. It will surely do the former. I'd like to think it will do the latter."
- Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal
"A great primer on how corporate propaganda works now, in the age of 24-hour news channels addicted to "debate" when there is none and "controversy" where none exists."
- Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger
"There are times when it feels as if the film's selected anecdotes are only scratching the surface of a greater evil, but what does make it to screen is intelligent, vital, and enraging."
- Kevin P. Sullivan, Entertainment Weekly