Franklin Foer, the editor of The New Republic, was genuinely moved by Al Gore's documentary An Inconvenient Truth:
I hope this doesn't sound too Arianna-like. But last night, I went to a screening of the Al Gore movie. And I found myself walking out in a strange mood. I had just seen a movie featuring a politician ... and there wasn't a trace of snark or cynicism coursing through my body. The film has genuine rhetorical power. It builds an incredibly frightening case without hints of fear-mongering or over-wrought moments. Because Gore is truly self-deprecating, the movie doesn't ever feel like an ego-trip--although it does occasionally look like a giant product placement for Apple. At any rate, I walked out of the movie and decided to sell my car and begin otherwise preparing for our planet's impending doom. I know this praise isn't so unexpected coming from TNR. But I think the movie has the potential to become a seminal political document--a cinematic Silent Spring. It will certainly change elite opinion.
And Ben Fritz, my friend and former Spinsanity co-editor, reports that everyone he knows who has seen it has said it is excellent.