Inequality For All Reviews

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Simon Houpt
Globe and Mail
November 1, 2013
Reich is a natural teacher of complex concepts: The film doesn't feel like homework.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 31, 2013
Inequality for All is intelligent, persuasive and accessible, a gentle but urgent clarion call to action.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
October 4, 2013
Overall, this film is enlightening, entertaining and seriously alarming.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
October 3, 2013
This documentary would be a rousing David and Goliath story even if its hero weren't the diminutive Robert B. Reich.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 3, 2013
President Clinton's secretary of labor lectures on income inequality with a refreshing lack of jargon.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
September 27, 2013
Robert Reich, a secretary of labor under President Clinton, leads us through a sharp-eyed essay-meditation on the rising trend of income inequality.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Bruce Ingram
Chicago Sun-Times
September 27, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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John DeFore
Washington Post
September 27, 2013
Any politician hoping to redistribute America's wealth should screen it before every stump speech.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
September 27, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
September 27, 2013
Reich is no condescending intellectual. He has no contempt for people of the opposite point of view. He even has nice things to say about Bill O'Reilly.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
September 27, 2013
Reich is funny, poignant, passionate.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
September 27, 2013
A cinematic listicle of misleading economic talking points.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Nicolas Rapold
New York Times
September 26, 2013
Mr. Reich ties together his talking points with a reasonable-sounding analysis and an unassuming warmth sometimes absent from documentaries charting America's economic woes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Sheryl Jean
Dallas Morning News
September 26, 2013
The film is as much about Reich as income inequality, a topic he has written and talked about for decades. You'll learn why he's 4 feet 10.5 inches tall and why he became active in social politics.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
September 26, 2013
If you're looking for a streamlined explanation for the mess the U.S. economy's in, and how we might get out, it's as good a place to start as any.
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
September 26, 2013
This lively film takes a "greatest-hits" approach to Reich, who fears that we're headed for another financial debacle if we don't take a more serious approach to taxes and education.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
September 26, 2013
Smart, funny and articulate, Robert Reich is the university professor we all wish we'd had. He's so accessible and entertaining he takes a subject that sounds soporific and makes it come alive like you wouldn't believe in "Inequality for All."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Keough
Boston Globe
September 26, 2013
Presents Reich's position by patching together lectures from his "Wealth & Poverty" course at the University of California, Berkeley.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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September 26, 2013
Animated charts and graphs, on-the-road interludes and humorous asides designed to show that the speaker isn't too dislikably severe about the crisis that threatens Life As We Know It.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
September 26, 2013
Mr. Kornbluth's documentary argues eloquently for such unassailable goals as investment in education and infrastructure, and complements Mr. Reich's exposition with compelling interviews ...
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Joan Walsh
Salon.com
September 26, 2013
If you've read [Reich's] wonderful book "Aftershock: The Next Economy and America's Future," the structure of his argument will be familiar to you, but the ride you go on will not.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
September 26, 2013
Essential viewing, no matter how you cut it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
September 26, 2013
Economist Robert Reich possesses a formidable intellect, an encyclopedic grasp of statistics and monetary trends, a quicksilver wit, and immense affability, making him the go-to guy when average Americans need our financial crises explained.
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
September 26, 2013
An engaging film that's head and shoulders above the average talking-head parade.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Scott Bowles
USA Today
September 26, 2013
Directed by Jacob Kornbluth, Inequality works by avoiding most of the political minefields that have made the economy mulch for partisan consumption.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.A. Dowd
AV Club
September 26, 2013
As easy as it is to be intellectually seduced by the man's arguments, it's also hard to avoid wishing that his own cult of personality-his jokes and his history-didn't dominate so much of the running time.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Sam Adams
Time Out
September 24, 2013
In 90 minutes, Inequality for All doesn't get far beyond Income Inequality 101, but for those who struggle with the basics, it's an often essential primer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Pete Vonder Haar
Village Voice
September 24, 2013
Using income tax data going back 100 years, Reich draws parallels between the crashes of 1929 and 2008: identical concentrations of wealth at the top and the destabilization of the middle class.
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
January 22, 2013
Policy wonk Robert Reich's analysis of today's parallels to the Great Depression is both statistics-driven and impassioned.
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Andrew Barker
Variety
January 22, 2013
There are certainly lessons to be gleaned from Reich's journey through politics.