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Maxed Out Reviews

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Kyle Smith
New York Post
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All the film provides is this bulletin: Lefties are angry about the things Lefties are angry about, chiefly corporate profits.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1/4

March 9, 2007
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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Maxed Out focuses on how much we're in hock without ever really wondering why we need to buy.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 6, 2007
Nathan Lee
Village Voice
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A slapdash piece of work totally indebted to second-hand rhetorical strategies (the '50s educational film, glib Bush-bashing) and threadbare indignation.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

March 6, 2007
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

Maxed Out is more ambitious than Morgan Spurlock's egotistical Super Size Me, but its also more scatterbrained.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 2/4

February 9, 2007
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News

[A] well-meaning but scattershot documentary.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 9, 2007
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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While the documentary does a credible job of pointing out the magnitude of the problem, it skirts the issue of what can be done about it and by whom.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

March 9, 2007
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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James Scurlock's documentary serves up cautionary tales of epic abuse, though the overall tone is faux cheerful and sometimes genuinely entertaining, especially in the use of clips from an old educational film that looks too fatuous to be faux.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

March 8, 2007
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com

A movie that just might inspire you to snip some of those credit cards in half -- is a good movie.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

March 20, 2006
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net

If you've ever had problems with credit card debt, this insightful doc will either be the most enlightening or most depressing one you see this year.

Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net | Original Score: 8.5/10

March 6, 2007
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Maxed Out doesn't really offer solutions, probably because there are none. But it does a great job of showing how the rich get richer and the poor foot the bill, plus interest.

March 20, 2007
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

As a film, Maxed Out occasionally loses its way with glib choices (get ready to get tired of the song Money) and odd diversions (a segment with a Realtor begins the movie with a whimper, not a bang). But as a cry of outrage, it's spot-on.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 3/4

March 15, 2007
Kam Williams
AALBC.com

A much-needed wake-up call to face the fact that state-sanctioned usury and exorbitant late fees are destroying the prospects of working class citizens of ever achieving anything approaching the American Dream.

Full Review Source: AALBC.com | Original Score: 4/4

March 17, 2007
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com

Anyone who's ever tangled with a credit card company will come out of it with boiling blood and a vow to get out from under their infernal thumbs once and for all.

Full Review Source: EricDSnider.com | Original Score: B+

March 25, 2006
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press

What Spurlock discovers in his scathing investigative inquiry, is a shocking national situation of debt slavery, with all the earmarks of science fiction.

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March 13, 2007
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

One of the most effective of the many recent agitprop documentaries.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 8/10

September 27, 2007
David Cornelius
eFilmCritic.com

It's a slapdash affair... yet still winds up with a raw, gritty power.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 3/5

April 24, 2007
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

...it couldn't be clearer that the average American has been seduced by consumer creditors who are more than willing to bleed them dry.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B

March 11, 2007
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews

...the film will make you think twice about spending money you don't have.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B-

March 27, 2007
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher

[A] dispiriting expose of predatory lending scams that mislead even smart, educated people and a credit-card industry that is designed... to work against the ordinary consumer...

Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher

May 30, 2007
Pablo Villaca
Cinema em Cena

Uma análise detalhada e preocupante sobre a política empregada pelas operadoras de cartões de crédito no intuito de manterem os clientes numa situação de endividamento constante - ou melh... pior: crescente.

| Original Score: 4/5

January 6, 2008

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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October 6, 2007
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