Maxed Out (2006)

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Critic Consensus: Maxed Out's presentation of startling facts and candid interviews put a human face on the issue of debt and financial insecurity.


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Per its title, James D. Scurlock's virulently angry muckraking documentary Maxed Out examines the many problems associated with escalating U.S. consumer debt. Scurlock places his weightiest emphasis on the ends of the spectrum rooted in extreme evil (read: abuse) -- such as the capital lenders who wheedle poor farm families into assuming unmanageable loans and college students into placing massive amounts on credit cards. He also touches on the end rooted in extreme tragedy, such as the debtors … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Special Interest
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Written By: James D. Scurlock
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On DVD: Jun 5, 2007
Runtime:
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Critic Reviews for Maxed Out

All Critics (49) | Top Critics (24)

This muckraking documentary on America's personal-debt crisis lays bare the predatory practices of credit card companies and the Bush administration's cozy relationship with the financial services industry.

Full Review… | December 4, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Do not see this film if you worry about money.

Full Review… | October 6, 2007
Time Out
Top Critic

Maxed Out focuses on how much we're in hock without ever really wondering why we need to buy.

Full Review… | October 6, 2007
Boston Globe
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This scattershot exposé of usurious banking practices examines why the most vulnerable segment of society is victimized by the lending industry and finds a simple answer: It's obscenely profitable.

October 6, 2007
New York Times
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Maxed Out exposes the credit card sham for what it is, and fingers the hustlers who perpetuate it.

Full Review… | April 20, 2007
Detroit Free Press
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To maximize your return on this useful report, sit through the end credits where Spurlock deposits some of his best material.

Full Review… | March 23, 2007
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for Maxed Out

A prophetic punch in the face to the credit card system that came years before someone (Obama) stepped in and changed the rules. I loved this movie for its leanness. Its message was obvious: credit card companies prey on least fortunate of all. The film didn't need multiiple viewpoints or balance, it just presented the facts. Staggering, you have to watch this. It's on par with Michael Moore's best work.

danperry17
Daniel Perry

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½

I really don't see how this won so many awards. "Credit Card companies and banks are screwing us over?! NO WAY!?" I was wanting more insider secrets and mind blowing statistics. Not to be found.

puffchunk
Curtis Lilly

Super Reviewer

A decent effort but just feels like random interviews thrown together without exploring how people get to this point.

SunilJawahir
Sunil Jawahir

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