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Inside Job (2010)



Average Rating: 8.2/10
Reviews Counted: 142
Fresh: 139 | Rotten: 3

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


Average Rating: 8.6/10
Critic Reviews: 31
Fresh: 30 | Rotten: 1

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



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Producer/director Charles Ferguson (No End in Sight) speaks at length with journalists, politicians, and financial insiders in order to offer a clearer picture of the economic meltdown that hit America starting in 2008. Academy Award winner Matt Damon narrates this unflinching look at the deep-rooted corruption that has left millions of middle-class Americans jobless and homeless as the major corporations get bailed out while paying millions in bonuses. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Mar 8, 2011


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All Critics (143) | Top Critics (31) | Fresh (139) | Rotten (3) | DVD (4)

You'll need a clear head to follow this impressive and angry American doc about the financial meltdown...

February 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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This scathing expose should be enough to alarm people all over the political spectrum.

November 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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Wall Street owns Washington. You might think you know this, but "Inside Job" makes you feel the enormity of it.

November 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Detroit News | Comment (1)
Detroit News
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You don't have to know the difference between a credit default swap and a collateralized debt obligation to feel enraged anew by Charles Ferguson's thorough dissection of the country's economic collapse of 2008.

November 5, 2010
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Whether it's parsing the definition of a derivative or detailing the bad faith of major financial institutions, the new documentary Inside Job approaches its deconstruction of the financial meltdown with laserlike focus.

November 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News
Dallas Morning News
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[Ferguson] can get to a story later but provide so much more context that his film seems definitive.

November 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comment (1)
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Ferguson is so mad he's punching at whatever's in front of him. It's understandable, but this is more polemic than documentary.

June 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin

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

January 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

Who whacked the economy?

April 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Habit
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.

January 30, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Writer
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.

December 13, 2011 Full Review Source: The Baltic Times

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

August 16, 2011 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
Fan The Fire

This is a compelling documentary that will have you leaving the cinema absolutely seething.

July 14, 2011 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

Ultimately, Inside Job will not have much to offer those who follow financial news reports.

July 13, 2011 Full Review Source: | Comments (16)

Inside Job offers a concise history in a documentary that speaks to everyone and knows exactly who's to blame.

June 11, 2011 Full Review Source: Future Movies UK

Muchos aspectos técnicos probablemente se le escapen a quienes no tengan al menos un conocimiento básico sobre temas económicos y financieros, pero cualquiera podrá entender y compartir las conclusiones a las que llega este contundente documental.

May 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Uruguay Total
Uruguay Total

A forceful argument about the dangers of unchecked greed and brazen lack of accountability.

April 13, 2011 Full Review Source: France24

Throughout, the interviewer goes beyond standard bland. From off-screen, his barbed questions are relentless in forcing heads to follow dotted lines and confront inconsistencies.

March 31, 2011 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

We want them to go to jail and realize the horror of what they've done? Is that too much to hope for? The answer may be too hard to face.

March 14, 2011 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

An insightful and very sorry tale of the worst kind of greed, this Oscar-winning documentary exposes the people behind the global financial crisis, men & woman who are still wealthy and still running the banking industry.

March 10, 2011 Full Review Source: Screenwize

Inside Job is far more watchable than it should be.

March 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

Inside Job is essential and empowering viewing about institutionalised corporate greed

February 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Autopsy
Cinema Autopsy

I've only scratched the surface of this intelligent, riveting and informative film, which I cannot commend too highly.

February 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Ferguson is more IF Stone than Michael Moore and is genuinely interested in getting answers, keeping himself out of the frame and only allowing his voice to intrude on the talking-head interviews when blatant spin needs to be challenged.

February 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Scotsman

Likely to be one of the most shocking and edifying cinematic experiences of 2011.

February 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Concrete Playground
Concrete Playground

Here's the biggest story of our time, lucidly told.

February 18, 2011 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

Audience Reviews for Inside Job

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.
August 6, 2012
paul sandberg

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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.
January 6, 2012
Dan Schultz

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"Inside Job" is one of the most depressing films of the past 5 years. Chronicling the financial collapse, the superbly-paced documentary "Inside Job" is a well-deserved Academy Award winner.
October 23, 2011
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Tony Gandía

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If you're 'not interested' you really should be! The knock on affect from the stupid discussions made by the stupid, greedy idiots in this film is shocking. I know and understand the basics of the current global financial situation but I learnt so much more from this perfectly executed documentary. The shocking 'where are they now' ending will make your skin crawl! The inside job could be categorised as a horror film, the real horror being that it's all real! Rent or buy it now while you still have a job!
August 17, 2011

Super Reviewer

    1. Narrator: Why should a financial engineer be paid four times to 100 times more than a real engineer? A real engineer builds bridges. A financial engineer build dreams. And, you know, when those dreams turn out to be nightmares, other people pay for it.
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    1. Narrator: For the first time in history, average Americans have less education and are less prosperous than their parents.
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