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Melting sea ice, glacier loss and rising sea levels. Severe droughts and wildfires. Increasingly severe tornadoes, hurricanes, and flooding. Record heat waves. Climate change is no longer a prediction for the future, but a startling reality of today. Yet, as evidence of our changing climate mounts and the scientific consensus proves human causation, there continues to be little political action to thwart the warming of our planet. “Greedy Lying Bastards” investigates the reason behind stalled efforts to tackle climate change despite consensus in the scientific community that it is not only a reality but also a growing problem placing us on the brink of disaster. The film details the people and organizations casting doubt on climate science and claims that greenhouse gases are not affected by human behavior. From the Koch Brothers to ExxonMobil, to oil industry front groups, to prominent politicians and Justices, this provocative exposé unravels the layers of deceit threatening democracy and the ability for future generations to survive on planet earth.

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Release date: Mar 8, 2013
 
MPAA rating: Rated PG-13 for brief strong language
 
Official website: http://greedylyingbastards.com/
 
Runtime: 90 min
 
Movie Reviews:
  • 75
    Movie Nation - by Roger Moore
    What’s fresh here is the tone – rude, blunt and bordering on shrill. This is a less in-your-face Michael Moore-style take on this subject. ...read more

  • 70
    Variety - by Ronnie Scheib
    Craig Rosebraugh’s docu Greedy, Lying Bastards covers ground well-traveled by environmental exposes from “An Inconvenient Truth” to “The Island President.” Rosebraugh, however, focuses less on the issue of global warming itself and more on the deniers and their big-money backers. ...read more

  • 70
    The New York Times - by Jeannette Catsoulis
    Collated for momentum, the film’s many interviews, wide-ranging archival footage and montage of modern ecological disasters form a blunt but carefully positioned instrument. And despite a bit of Michael Moore-style nonsense at the end the tightly edited narrative displays a reach (nine countries) and clarity of composition that hold the attention. ...

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter - by Frank Scheck
    Filled with devastating statistics documenting the devastating effects of climate change on the planet, the film takes particular aim at CEOs, or “greedy lying bastards,” of the oil and gas corporations which are contributing to the crisis. ...read more

  • 60
    Village Voice - by Pete Vonder Haar
    It’s too bad that Rosebraugh himself can be so off-putting. The data presented is horrifying enough without sarcastic narration, or his Roger & Me–style pursuit of an interview with ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson. ...read more

  • 50
    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) - by Liam Lacey
    On the downside, Rosebraugh’s own film is too self-righteous and his attempts to play a humour-challenged, lightweight version of Michael Moore in front of the camera is a misfire. The climate-change deniers are comforting, though obviously wrong. Greedy Lying Bastards is grating, even if it’s right. ...read more

  • 50
    San Francisco Chronicle - by David Lewis
    Watching the film is like being on a jury in which you know the defendant is probably guilty, but alas, there's not enough evidence to convict. ...read more

  • 40
    Austin Chronicle - by Leah Churner
    Rosebraugh’s arguments are sound and his heart is in the right place, but his execution is self-defeating. ...read more

  • 25
    Boston Globe - by Saul Austerlitz
    The film’s zippy graphics are a treat, but its zippy arguments are slipshod. ...read more

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  1. Amrita

    Cant wait to watch this movie!