Inside Job (2010)

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Critic Consensus: Disheartening but essential viewing, Charles Ferguson's documentary explores the 2008 Global Financial Crisis with exemplary rigor.


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From Academy Award (R) nominated filmmaker, Charles Ferguson, comes "Inside Job," the first film to expose the shocking truth behind the economic crisis of 2008. The global financial meltdown, at a cost of over $20 trillion, resulted in millions of people losing their homes and jobs. Through extensive research and interviews with major financial insiders, politicians and journalists, "Inside Job" traces the rise of a rogue industry and unveils the corrosive relationships which have corrupted … More

Rating: PG-13 (for some drug and sex-related material)
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Charles Ferguson, Chad Beck, Adam Bolt
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 8, 2011
Box Office: $4.3M
Runtime:
Sony Pictures Classics - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Inside Job

All Critics (143) | Top Critics (32)

Ferguson is so mad he's punching at whatever's in front of him. It's understandable, but this is more polemic than documentary.

Full Review… | June 22, 2013
Deadspin

This eye-opening documentary is critical of both parties in its search for answers about the causes of the 2008 economic collapse.

Full Review… | January 6, 2013
Big Hollywood

Who whacked the economy?

Full Review… | April 15, 2012
Movie Habit

As a documentary, this is a clear-eyed, steadily building prosecution against Wall Street. But, in the end, Ferguson's film is just a moot trial in which the defendants have already escaped scot-free.

Full Review… | January 30, 2012
Cinema Writer

This is a powerful and coherent work that will explain where the money has gone. It just can't help get restitution against those who did it.

Full Review… | December 13, 2011

More entertaining than Wall Street 2 while saying infinitely more about the iniquities of those that claim to work for us.

Full Review… | August 16, 2011
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Audience Reviews for Inside Job

Brilliant documentary on the financial crises, Inside Job delivers an engrossing portrait of what happened in 2008, and is a film that is narrated by Matt Damon. Brilliant in the way that it focuses on its important subject, this is a must see documentary that anyone interested in the topic should watch. Featuring key interviews, Inside Job goes in depth about the financial crises of 2008. The content will make you think and angry as well. The film doesn't shy away from anything and it's a very well crafted documentary that should be seen. The film is unique and is a great film to watch to get a better idea of how it happened. Featuring several eye opening interviews, Inside Job is an accomplished film about this controversial topic. Brilliant in the way it goes in its subject, the documentary sheds light on many issues on the crises and director Charles Fergusson gives the viewer a much insight about how the economy collapsed and it's an enraging account and makes you ask several important questions. Watching this made me realize one thing as well, the poorer get poorer and the richer get richer. I really enjoyed this documentary, and I feel it's one of the most important documentaries to come out in a long time. Damon's narration on the subject highlights everything you need to know and it keeps you hooked from the moment the film starts, right up to the end. To me, it's absolutely sickening that bankers were able to make a profit, while the economy was failing. Because of the 2008 crises, many regular people have had a hard time recovering. This is a documentary that is eye opening, infuriating and thought provoking, it's one of the finest documentaries I've seen, and it's one that shouldn't be missed.

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Alex roy

Super Reviewer

½

An incredibly well paced and focused documentary that puts Wall St Greed right in your face, Inside Job should be mandatory viewing for every single person on the planet - especially if you think for even a New York minute that your vote means anything at all.

In this scathing, well told expose, writer and director Charles Ferguson is somehow able to unravel the byzantine ins and outs of our current economic engine and expertly show us in layman's easy to understand terms things like derivatives and leverage, while exposing the greed and arrogance of those architects on Wall St.

I've never seen such a compelling, insightful tale that holds your interest while parading a series of talking heads into view. The masterful editing of interview, media footage and graphics give such insight and reveal the truth: we the people are owned lock stock and barrel by big business.

Surely it is Ferguson's aim to reveal this truth, and, like all documentaries, you can edit footage so as to best support your argument, but here the conclusions are so obvious that no matter how you spin it, the evil is right in front of you.

The arrogance of some of these "insiders" managed to amaze even jaded old me. To allow yourself to be interviewed and then look right into the camera and say that you can't see any conflict of interest when an Economics Professor is paid by a bank to write a favorable opinion vis a vis said bank is astounding.

In revealing this slimy good old boys network, where the insiders are all on each other's board of directors, and former bank executives end up as political consultants, or the reverse, when political appointees exit into the private sector and end up working for the investment banks that they were supposed to be investigating should make us all mad enough to demand that the system be forever changed and regulated - a dream that will never happen as these insiders own everyone who can effectively change policy.

Such a sobering bit of dismal information - the investment banks knowingly committed fraud that caused millions to lose their pensions, and yet not a single exec has been indicted for any criminal activity - that alone should tell you who really runs the show.

maxthesax
paul sandberg

Super Reviewer

½

A damning portrayal of corruption run amok at the highest rankings of government and big banks, which led to the recession of 2008 and the loss of jobs for many people worldwide. Clearly, Charles Ferguson has done his research, and his ability to ask tough questions without inserting himself too prominently like a Michael Moore film-maker might do, is definitely admirable. Great documentaries like this one get you angry and sick to your stomach that these sort of things happen. "Inside Job" has a long-lasting effect after it has concluded, sparking a desire to see those responsible get what they deserve and not just receive bail-outs for doing their jobs incorrectly while using their investors money to finance their own personal (like say, hiring prostitutes) interests. Definitely deserving of winning "Best Documentary" at the Oscars, and a film that expertly dissects our economic problem, including showing that we're still going downhill, but we as the people have the power to change this situation. That's pretty much all we have left after all, isn't it? A depressing but appropriately bleak and well realized message to a problem that seemingly has no answers anymore.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

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