The One Percent Reviews
December 2, 2014
It's hard to review this documentary without commenting on the social issue it arises. In all I don't really think it's black and white, and whilst I agree that certain equalities are tipped one way, I don't believe this film really comes to grip with any real solution. It's a little like saying, "yes there's a problem, of which I think this may have something to do with it, but am not quite sure how to alleviate it."
October 11, 2014
Loved it. Great job. Warren Buffet's son's adopted twin daughter from his first wife's first husband gets disowned. That alone is something. Plus Milton Friedman is well cast as grumpy old man who knows everything.
April 2, 2014
I'm all about shedding light onto a very important topic. However, less than 10 minute in you could tell staged interviews. Truth goes harder than topic. Waiting for the real movie.
July 20, 2013
I appreciate the sentiment behind making this documentary and most of the content is interesting. Props to Jamie Johnson for trying to do something about what he believes is wrong. But as a documentary, it's quite horrible: from the writing, to shooting and editing, it looks like a bad high school movie project.
November 8, 2012
Amateurish quality doesn't detract from Johnson's earnestness about the subject. A good insight on the social inequalities in America.
|Lanky Man P||
October 25, 2012
Way to point out that black people are the problem with our country. There is nothing wrong with getting richer, but the 1 percent is a good reason to hate America.
September 25, 2012
though it made me yell at the tv a lot more than i am comfortable admitting, the filmmaker's unspeakable smugness and lack of professionalism so perfectly exemplified the attitude that inspires these kinds of beliefs that this might be one of my favorite movies now
June 2, 2012
good for info ., reaslly any info, non- academical or intellectual people such as the other 2 movie critics below cannot account for this movie for they are no genius .
May 6, 2012
Good premise, mediocre execution. The whole thing seemed in need of more research and deeper questions.
March 31, 2012
thought provoking to say the least.
March 31, 2012
Badly researched, under prepared.
December 13, 2011
Fascinating 2006 documentary by Jamie Johnson, an heir to the Johnson & Johnson family fortune.
By virtue of his family name and connections, Johnson has access to people we would otherwise never see in a movie like this. He interviews his father, mother, and their financial advisor; Milton Friedman; Robert Reich; Ralph Nader; Nicole Buffett, the granddaughter of Warren Buffet; an heir to the Oscar Meyer family fortune who walked away from his inheritance; Bill Gates' father William Gates Sr., Paul Orfalea, the founder of Kinkos; and a number of others.
His interviews with his father are remarkably uncomfortable and painful. The dad seems conflicted to the point of being almost unable to speak.
December 6, 2011
While the concept is an interesting one Jamie Johnson proves to be a rookie when it comes to making a documentary. He is passionate and means well but lack meaningful content and meatier sources are a glaring shortcoming. I wish he had work on this longer and gotten a more experience partner to help him develop this to its full potential.
November 21, 2011
thought provoking if nothing else
|Ming the Merciless||
September 21, 2011
informative. good documentary.
June 9, 2011
Not truly insightful. Interesting to peer into how wealthy individuals virtually have no clue how our economic system functions. Rich people like talking about stuff. The dont understand the system and cant talk about their money. Rich kids get to make films about rich people through a common connection.
May 4, 2011
Well intentioned but short-sighted documentary about the wealthiest one percent of Americans, produced by a young heir to the Johnson (and Johnson Pharmaceutical) family fortune. Unfortunately, the filmmaker doesn't quite succeed in exploiting his insider status to produce anything more than an apologist trustafarian amateur film. Spotted with some interesting observations, but not the provocative expose it could be.
March 22, 2011
For a rich kid, inheritance of billions to make a movie like this? I should really give this a 5 star. This explores the reasons behind the gap of the rich and poor in America. And most importantly, the confusion between what the hell happened.
November 12, 2009
Economists + business men + movie idea = pure gold