Parents' Guide to

The 11th Hour

By Cynthia Fuchs, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 13+

DiCaprio headlines talky global-warming docu.

Movie PG 2007 90 minutes
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age 10+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 7+

Scary but real and amazing message

I don't want to shield my kids from the important messages. I don't think there is currently a better movie out there about the topic. In particular, the concept that humans ARE the environment is so important for the next generation to start internalizing now. It's ok for 7 and older but you'll need to discuss with your kids afterwards to make sure they got the takeaway.

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Great messages
Great role models
age 12+


I'm not so sure if I would watch this or let any children I know watch this. Environmental documentaries can be scary for adults much less children.

Is It Any Good?

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It's an important documentary in various senses -- not the least of which is its comprehension and exploitation of celebrity politics. The sheer number of talking heads is daunting (directors Leila Conners Petersen and Nadia Conners interviewed some 70 people over 150 hours), and their arrangement into a series of connected storylines is persuasive. Eschewing the personal plot that Gore offered in An Inconvenient Truth, The 11th Hour instead makes a case for the interconnectedness of human interests with nature, over time and across continents.

Arriving in theaters just after Newsweek's cover story "The Truth about Denial" (as well as a response from its critics), the film doesn't so much argue against naysayers as presume the green truth, at once heartfelt and rational, polished and urgent. Still, opponents contend that celebrity involvement can undermine the environmentalists' causes. For example, even as the Live Earth concerts on July 7, 2007, drew attention to global warming, it also jumpstarted reunion tours by the Police and Smashing Pumpkins. This doubled effect isn't hypocritical, per se, but it is inescapable. Debates over policy, resources, and money are and will be shaped by campaigns, images, and celebrities -- whether elected, appointed, or signed to huge contracts. The 11th Hour understands that and makes its case accordingly.

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