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Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve Reviews

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Possibly too appealing and accessible to be taken seriously enough for impact. But at least it's entertaining and informative to a degree for us layfolk.

Full Review Source: Nonfics | Original Score: 3/5

May 30, 2014
Nathalie Atkinson
National Post

Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve is a well-informed, reasoned critique of the Fed, and its role as an enabler in the recent financial crises.

Full Review Source: National Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 28, 2014
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Wonky, both in its fascination with policy, and in its eccentrically dry tone ...

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 21, 2014
Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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It all feels more suited to the classroom than a movie theatre when Schreiber details how raising interest rates slows economic activity, or how the Fed became "banker to the world."

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2/4

February 20, 2014
Brian Orndorf

That Bruce could muster anything even remotely engaging about this subject is a clear testament to his filmmaking skill.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B-

October 17, 2013
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press

News flash: People are buying stuff they can't afford. There, now you don't have to bother.

Full Review Source: St. Paul Pioneer Press | Original Score: 1/4

October 17, 2013
Ricardo Baca
Denver Post
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Money For Nothing lacks the rush of Rush, but you still might find your pulse racing and your blood boiling by the film's end.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 27, 2013
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

It's immensely educational...and dry as a soda cracker.

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 2.5/4

September 27, 2013
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness

There's a gut-punch sadness to the movie -- a melancholic dawning. While enlightening as it relates specifically to the Fed, its chief lesson is evident in other walks of life: money talks, and a well-heeled elite class has a private line.

Full Review Source: Shared Darkness | Original Score: B+

September 21, 2013
Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
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The subtitle declares rather than alludes. It is what it is, as Bill Belichick (that gridiron Ben Bernanke) would say, bluntly informing what the movie is about.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

September 19, 2013
Martin Tsai
Los Angeles Times
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Thumbing through this flip-book of experts - some seem better credentialed than others - can be a blur, but their cautioning about a Greek-style government debt bubble is hard to ignore.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

September 19, 2013
Geoff Berkshire
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A thoughtful, detailed chronicle of the Fed's origins, responsibilities and shifting monetary policies.

Full Review Source: Variety

September 17, 2013
Todd Jorgenson

It's generally compelling, even if the film seems to target the financially savvy more than the working-class folks who are most affected by the events it chronicles.

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September 13, 2013
Greg Evans
Bloomberg News

The film would seem a likelier candidate for a PBS slot than a theatrical release, particularly in the first history-heavy section. Nor does Bruce offer much by way of specific, novel solutions.

Full Review Source: Bloomberg News

September 12, 2013
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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A Washington-centric wonk-fest, with appearances by a parade of economists, pundits and former governors of the Federal Reserve Board, it's academic, insider-y and dry to the point of dull at times.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 2/4

September 12, 2013
Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
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In trying to convince us that the Fed is powerful, Mr. Bruce perhaps makes it too powerful. Lots of forces go into shaping the economy. To paint it as a one-man show seems oversimplified.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

September 12, 2013
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

It resembles a decent academic lecture on the subject...interesting, if hardly scintillating.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: B-

September 12, 2013
Michael Nordine
Village Voice
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Bruce may succeed in making you wary of the Fed, but, unfortunately, he's also likely to make you wary of his film.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 10, 2013
Kevin Jagernauth
The Playlist

...while director Jim Bruce's film is thorough, and rich in context and can't help but think it's another small rock being throw into a big ocean that nothing can seemingly can stop, even though many are aware of what needs to be done.

Full Review Source: The Playlist | Original Score: B

September 5, 2013
Sheryl Jean
Dallas Morning News
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The film ends with more questions than answers - perhaps that's the point.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B-

September 5, 2013
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