The End Of Poverty Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 1, 2010

A confrontational documentary by neo-Marxist director Phillippe Diaz that explores the inconvenient truth that the gears of capitalism are greased by the exploitation of the weak.

Full Review | Original Score: 83/100
Aaron Hillis
Time Out New York
Top Critic
November 11, 2009

It's heartbreaking, of course, but also crassly manipulative and blandly shot, too.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Lauren Wissot
Slant Magazine
November 8, 2009

Perhaps most surprising of all are the parallels Diaz accidentally draws between the "evil" First World and the "innocent" Third.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Robert Koehler
Variety
Top Critic
February 19, 2009

As a sign of the film's structural sloppiness, Cobb's cure for global poverty is nearly lost in a welter of unsourced stats and factoids.

Phil Hall
Film Threat
November 13, 2009

The film plays "blame Whitey" by insisting that all economic problems currently facing the people in Latin America, Africa and Asia were created by Western interference.

Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/5
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
Top Critic
November 12, 2009

The End Of Poverty? offers simplistic answers to many of the most pressing questions of our time.

Full Review | Original Score: D
Rachel Gordon
Filmcritic.com
January 29, 2010

so stuck in the self-importance of covering the economically disadvantaged that it thoroughly loses the ability to show how the circumstances evolved to such a state.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
Top Critic
November 13, 2009

Why Philippe Diaz has titled his new documentary The End of Poverty? is unclear, because this guilt trip/history lesson is really about the beginning of poverty.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
Top Critic
December 11, 2009

Because Diaz constructs his movie like a classroom tutorial, we expect something more from him than an appeal to end privatization.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
December 18, 2009

A didactic documentary that covers ground already trampled to death by countless other films, books, magazine articles, and grad-student theses.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Andrew Schenker
Village Voice
Top Critic
November 10, 2009

For all his film's sober analysis, Diaz never loses sight of the human cost of global capitalism.

Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
November 15, 2009

A timely and provocative documentary, but it's rather dull, poorly synthesized and fails to keep you engaged with an overload of information and a disorganized variety of interviews.

Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
Chris Barsanti
PopMatters
November 13, 2009

...uncharacteristically revolutionary among today's issue documentaries, and all the more refreshing for its bluntness.

Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Kam Williams
NewsBlaze
November 8, 2009

In essence, this damning documentary is a history lesson uncovering the ugly underbelly of Western Civilization from 1492 up to the present.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jennifer Merin
About.com
November 12, 2009

It's startling to realize that locales supplying most resources we consider most valuable are Earth's most poverty-stricken spots. The film makes a compelling argument that our economic system is the equivalent of human doom.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
November 16, 2009

A hard-hitting documentary that presents the voices and concerns of the poor along with suggested ways out of the abyss between the rich and poor.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
December 3, 2009

The most articulate film to date describing the modern means and methods of the free market enslavement of undeveloped countries.

Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
Top Critic
February 10, 2010

Even if you're convinced by the many well-spoken interviewees, the film's conclusion is almost as depressing as the historical indictment that precedes it.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Eric Monder
Film Journal International
November 13, 2009

Documentary takes a unique and ambitious big-picture approach to a daunting, seemingly endless problem.

Harvey S. Karten
Compuserve
October 20, 2009

Though sorely in need of Michael Moore's humor, this leftist documentary successfully skewers the idea that poverty is strictly the fault of the poor nations.

Full Review | Original Score: B+
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