Cool It (film)

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Cool It
Directed byOndi Timoner
Written by
Based onCool It
Produced byTerry Botwick
Ondi Timoner
StarringBjørn Lomborg
CinematographyNasar Abich Jr.
Edited by
  • Debra Light
  • Brian Singbiel
  • David Timoner
Music by
Distributed byRoadside Attractions
Release date
  • November 12, 2010 (2010-11-12) (United States)
Running time
88 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$62,713 (US)

Cool It is a 2010 documentary film directed by Ondi Timoner. It is based on the book Cool It: The Skeptical Environmentalist's Guide to Global Warming by Danish statistician Bjørn Lomborg. The film stars Lomborg, best known for authoring The Skeptical Environmentalist, and explores his views on global warming and criticisms of conventional mitigation approaches. It premiered in Canada at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival and had a theatrical United States release on November 12, 2010.[1][2][3]

Reception for the film was polarised, and it was criticised by the scientific community.


The film focuses on Lomborg lecturing and brainstorming ideas to shift the focus of the environmental movement what he believes to be more realistic, which includes de-emphasizing efforts to mitigate global warming. In the film, Lomborg argues the actual and predicted effects of climate change are exaggerated. Interviews include many scientists and activists both supporting and disputing Lomborg, including Paul Ehrlich, Lester R. Brown and Bill McKibben.[4] It also explicitly challenges Al Gore's Oscar-winning environmental awareness documentary, An Inconvenient Truth (2006)."[5][6]

Critical reception and box office[edit]

While many non-scientist critics welcomed the upbeat, positive nature of the film,[7][8][9] some scientific critiques noted some scientific inconsistency and glossing over of facts, a summary of which can be found on the Yale Climate Media forum.[10][clarification needed]

The film received a media critic collective rating of 51% from Rotten Tomatoes[11] and 61% from Metacritic.[12] The Atlantic review by Clive Crook, who describes himself in the article as a "friend" of Lomborg and having taken "his side in the controversy that followed the publication of the Skeptical Environmentalist--a terrific book," called it "An urgent, intelligent, and entertaining account of the climate policy debate, with a strong focus on cost-effective solutions."[13] Jeanette Catsoulis described it as "an engrossing, brain-tickling picture", although criticised its use of animations and conclusion.[1] Justin Lowe in The Hollywood Reporter described the film as "A mix of interviews, location footage, animated sequences and archival material support Lomborg’s point of view, which Timoner treats without any noticeable skepticism, even including him as a co-writer on the script".[4]

At the box office, Cool It 's US release grossed $62,713.[14]


  1. ^ a b Catsoulis, Jeannette (2010-11-12). "Global Warming and Common Sense". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2022-09-13.
  2. ^ ""Cool It" movie seeks climate solutions: Lomborg". Reuters. 2010-10-12. Retrieved 2022-09-13.
  3. ^ Liam (September 10, 2010). "TIFF Movie Review: Cool It". Empire Movies. Archived from the original on 2010-09-13.
  4. ^ a b Lowe, Justin (2010-11-10). "Cool It — Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2022-09-13.
  5. ^ Kaufman, Anthony (10 November 2010). "Controversial 'Cool It' Documentary Takes on 'An Inconvenient Truth'". The Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  6. ^ Cieply, Michael (22 January 2010). "Filmmaker Seeks to Temper the Message of 'An Inconvenient Truth'". The New York Times. Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  7. ^ Jeannette Catsoulis (November 11, 2010). "Global Warming and Common Sense". The New York Timesreview.
  8. ^ Justin Lowe (November 10, 2010). "Cool It -- Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter.
  9. ^ Betsy Sharkey (November 12, 2010). "Movie review: 'Cool It'". Los Angeles Times.
  10. ^ Michael Svoboda (May 12, 2011). "A Critical Review of Bjorn Lomborg's Cool It … and of Media 'Complicity' in Climate Contrarianism: Bjorn Yesterday … Bjorn Tomorrow?". Yale Climate Connections.
  11. ^ "Cool It (2010)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  12. ^ "Cool It". Metacritic. Retrieved 21 November 2014.
  13. ^ Crook, Clive (2010-10-06). "Bjorn Lomborg's Movie: Is Quiet the New Loud?". The Atlantic. Retrieved 2019-09-14.
  14. ^ "Cool It". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 21 November 2014.

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