Former Clinton Cabinet member Robert Reich makes his case for a kindler, gentler capitalism.
| Original Score: 4/4
Documentaries about the economy being what they are, you might not expect much from Inequality For All, but as directed by Jacob Kornbluth, it is the Indianapolis 500 of wealth analyses.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
America is a country without any "self-admitted proletarians," where even the poorest see themselves as "temporarily embarrassed" millionaires.
| Original Score: 87/100
Reich is a natural teacher of complex concepts: The film doesn't feel like homework.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Inequality for All is intelligent, persuasive and accessible, a gentle but urgent clarion call to action.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Topical documentaries mostly appeal to the converted and are ignored by those who disagree. And "Inequality" probably will be no exception.
| Original Score: 3/4
Lacks the alarmist self-importance of 'An Inconvenient Truth,' even if the subject it investigates seems as dangerous as climate change to the country's health, at least in the short run.
This is a curious case of liking the messenger, loving the message and yet still feeling as if you're being too heavily sold, even if you want to buy into the product.
| Original Score: B
[Robert Reich] headlines this documentary in which he explains his views about the United States' current economic woes. It's something he manages to do engagingly and with great clarity.
| Original Score: 3/5
Overall, this film is enlightening, entertaining and seriously alarming.
| Original Score: B+
This documentary would be a rousing David and Goliath story even if its hero weren't the diminutive Robert B. Reich.
| Original Score: A
President Clinton's secretary of labor lectures on income inequality with a refreshing lack of jargon.
The film makes no secret of its liberal political leanings and activist goals, which means it likely will only preach to the converted.
That a documentary about economics could be so personally emotional and affecting is remarkable. And to learn from Reich in this film, as his students at Berkeley do, is a treat and a privilege.
| Original Score: A-
Robert Reich, a secretary of labor under President Clinton, leads us through a sharp-eyed essay-meditation on the rising trend of income inequality.
Reich manages to infuse this enlightening/infuriating documentary on extreme income disparity in the United States, and the corollary marginalization of the middle class, with an optimistic spirit. One that may or may not be justified.
Any politician hoping to redistribute America's wealth should screen it before every stump speech.
Filmmaker Kornbluth personalizes this story by using Reich's warmth and humor to win us over and keep his presentation from becoming a dry recitation of facts.
It's unseemly, I know, to praise a movie like this for the stand-up-comic affability of its host. But Reich's engagingness also gives credence to the seriousness of his message.
[Reich is] a great, charismatic movie hero, and he makes you feel you're in safe hands.