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AOC’s Climate Change Doc ‘To the End’ Scores Just $80 Per Theater

Team behind 'Knock Down the House' can't rally crowd for enviro-call to arms

The 2019 documentary “Knock Down the House” got plenty of love from both Netflix and movie critics.

The latter hailed the film with a 99 percent “fresh rating. The documentary followed rising progressive politicians like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Rep. Cori Bush. Netflix scooped the film up after its Sundance Film Festival debut, which meant the movie-going public never got a chance to weigh in on the film.

Netflix viewers had their say, though, giving the movie a dismal 11 percent rotten score at Rotten Tomatoes.

Knock Down The House | Official Trailer | Netflix

Director Rachel Lears’ follow-up project, “To the End,” also landed a screening slot at Sundance. The film reunites Lears with Rep. Ocasio-Cortez to track the New Yorker’s fight to stop Climate Change.

Filmed over four years of hope and crisis, TO THE END captures the emergence of a new generation of leaders and the movement behind the most sweeping climate change legislation in U.S. history. Award-winning director Rachel Lears (Knock Down The House) follows four exceptional young women— Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, activist Varshini Prakash, climate policy writer Rhiana Gunn-Wright, and political strategist Alexandra Rojas— as they grapple with new challenges of leadership and power and work together to defend their generation’s right to a future.

The film debuted over the weekend on 120 screens, a number typical of movies hoping to grab enough of an audience earlier on to merit a wider release pattern.

Critics loved it, too, although not as enthusiastically as “Knock Down the House.” predicted the film will “ignite more Americans” to take action against Climate Change.

Not if few Americans actually see it.

The movie came in 33rd place over the weekend at the box office, earning a paltry $9,667 in its debut frame.

Oscar-bait films have struggled this season. That failure can be attributed to several factors:

  • The industry’s alienation of key swaths of the American public
  • Films disconnected from viewer interests
  • The proliferation of streaming platforms eating into audience demand
  • Audiences no longer trust critics as they once did


Recent Climate Change documentaries have similarly failed to score with U.S. audiences. “2040,” released three years ago, didn’t get a theatrical debut stateside and earned just $1 million in global ticket sales.

This year’s “The Territory,” about indigenous people fighting against Climate Change, earned just $69 K during its brief theatrical run.

The Territory | Official Trailer | National Geographic Documentary Films

Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” set a sky-high bar for Climate Change documentaries.

The 2006 release generated $24 million at the U.S. box office before snagging the Best Documentary Oscar. That film’s 2017 follow-up, “An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power,” couldn’t rally that level of enthusiasm.

The sequel earned just $3.5 million.


  1. Has anyone even noticed There are 2 Joe Biden and were did Kamala Harris go to school Aoc They are so Uneducated

  2. Like the fake pandemics agenda of the deep state and their puppets in government. To get you to take the deadly to human vaccines death jabs. To reduce the planet population and to control you with fear and less freedoms and rights and to take away more money from your wallet with BS rules, taxes, etc..
    So is the fake climate change agenda of the deep state. All for the same reasons. To control you. To take away your freedoms and rights and to leave you with less money.
    Like the lie of calling oil a fossil fuel to make you believe there is a limit of how much is there. Where the earth naturally produced oil all the time and is really unlimited and has nothing to do with dinosaurs.
    All a scam and a major con to scare and control you in every part of your life. All who pushes these lies are either puppets of the deep state. Who sold out their countries for money, fame and power or been bribe or threaten to do so. Time to stand up and fight back against this BS or life as we know it is history.

  3. Your sucking eggs!! I remember acid rain that was going to kill our crops. The Elite build huge houses and complain that deer are eating the ornamental shrubs. Why build your house there!! Don’t forget AL Gore and his scam, Carbon Credits!!

  4. Well if we listened to Al Gore then we wouldn’t have these drastic weather effects now.
    Just wait till our coast line get swallowed up. Then you can apologize to o everyone for being caught up in politics spew. Man made climate issues made from methane gas, pollution, and the major fires.
    Pull your head out of your a**!

    1. Your sucking eggs!! I remember acid rain that was going to kill our crops. The Elite build huge houses and complain that deer are eating the ornamental shrubs. Why build your house there!! Don’t forget AL Gore and his scam, Carbon Credits!!

    2. If we had listened to Al Gore the weather would be exactly the same as it has been since “he wrote” his book. None of his predictions have come true. Here are some subsequent ones by other “experts”.
      In 2007, Professor Wieslaw Maslowski projected that the Arctic would be ice-free by 2013,
      In 2012, the esteemed polar scientist Peter Wadhams predicted that the Arctic would be ice-free by 2016
      In 2018, Harvard professor James Anderson said that the chance of any permanent ice left in the Arctic by 2022 was “essentially zero”.
      Yet, in January 2022, Arctic ice was at its largest extent in over a decade.
      Just sayin’

    3. You idiot. You have no idea what goes into mining for cobalt, etc….the damage done and btw the equipment used requires steel in the manufacture. Windmills are destructive to sea life, an eyesore and don’t always work.
      But to your immediate point Al gore had us underwater some years ago. We’re still here .

  5. I am stating right now that this is my ORIGINAL IDEA and none of the Hollywood people have a right to use MY IDEA for a FUTURE Environmental Disaster Movie!!! In 2060 the USA had abandoned all extraction of oil and natural gas and had succumbed to the left’s “environmental” fallacies! Widespread starvation due to farm equipment not running due to lack of charging! Crop yields at miserable levels due to lack of fertilizer! Millions die each winter/summer due to extreme COLD and HEAT (this is blamed on CLIMATE CHANGE but old people “claim” that it would always get COLD in the WINTER and then HOT in the SUMMER)! Then the WORST part is the EXPLOSIONS that have occurred all across the Nation! Teams of “experts”, including past Presidents AOC, Buttgigger, and 120 year old Nancy Pelosi all agree it’s due to the Right Wing Extremists carrying out terrorist plots!! Rather odd since the left was successful in eliminating the right wing thoughts decades ago! THEN a HERO emerged and PROVED that the explosions were nothing more than the build up of pressure caused by NOT extracting oil and natural gas and recommended using ancient technology to use the oil and gas to make stuff and heat/cool buildings! He was immediately thrown from the roof of the DEMOcrat National Committee on Fairness Compound! There were no happy endings other than in the millions in Congressional rub and tug massage emporiums! The END! BUT the film was a huge success due to cameo appearances by Former FBI Director Hunter Biden and three hours of his “HOME MOVIES”!! Please don’t steal this idea and make a movie next week!

      1. I’m reasonably sure that this is NOT the real Elon Musk as Elon would know enough to capitalize his own last name.

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