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American Casino Reviews

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
August 21, 2009
The film is designed for the public, but because it's made up of interviews with financial insiders -- and financial insiders talk like experts, not like high school economics teachers -- some of this information may be difficult for lay people to follow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ronnie Scheib
May 1, 2009
The pic never completely escapes a smallscreen feel, however cogent the material.
Chris Cabin
September 2, 2009
an angry film for an angry country
| Original Score: 3/5
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
November 5, 2009
Much of the final two-thirds of the documentary can have a TV newsmagazine feel: solidly presented, but not shaped to a larger end. As self-righteousness sets in, however justified, so does a certain artistic slackness.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
September 18, 2009
A lopsided, visually uninspired film that works best when it eschews the complex numbers-crunching of its financial industry pundits and whistle-blowers to profile the everyday victims of the crisis.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Jim Ridley
Village Voice
September 1, 2009
This authoritative, far-reaching documentary by veteran investigative journalists Leslie and Andrew Cockburn comes off as curiously bloodless.
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Scott Tobias
AV Club
September 3, 2009
The film doesn't come to life until too late in the game, when it takes the original tack of exploring the housing crisis through abandoned backyard swimming pools...
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
September 4, 2009
The movie's lack of Michael Moore-style dynamism has a dulling effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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David Fear
Time Out
November 18, 2011
| Original Score: 2/5
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Dan Kois
Washington Post
November 5, 2009
As Leslie Cockburn's camera roams the foreclosed rowhouses of Baltimore, their planked-up doors reminiscent of shots from The Wire, I thought: Baltimore needs some good PR.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Bill Weber
Slant Magazine
May 3, 2009
A revelatory howl against the still-gestating, $8 trillion-and-counting financial-services industry bailout, American Casino follows the money that changed hands, or account columns, at every step of the subprime home-loan scam.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Sarah Boslaugh
October 24, 2009
If there's an overarching theme it's that people respond to incentives and so regulation of the financial market is necessary to see that the incentives offered are not perverse.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Kam Williams
September 3, 2009
A damning documentary which makes a convincing case that neither the federal government nor the corporate elite could care less about the plight of the working class.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Matthew Nestel
Boxoffice Magazine
September 4, 2009
The piece finds a balance between the tearjerkers caught in the crossfire and the reckless bidders who don't seem to feel troubled for the life of excess at the expense of others.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Prairie Miller
August 26, 2009
If this sounds somewhat like the sort of Ponzi scheme that got Bernard Madoff busted but let everyone else there off the hook, think sacrificial lamb serving as distraction to an entire tainted system. American Casino: Home invasion, Wall Street style.
Cole Smithey
September 5, 2009
Essential viewing for understanding how banks systematically targeted low income groups in over-leveraged mortgage lending practices that led to a catastrophic economic collapse, "American Casino" is still a far from perfect documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Geoff Berkshire
September 3, 2009
Has the feel of a quickie made-for-TV doc. It's bare bones ... but timely.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
September 3, 2009
A riveting and multidimensional examination of the subprime mortgage meltdown and its devastating impact on homeowners from poor African-Americans to wealthy Californians with swimming pools.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
September 3, 2009
The lesson of this story: if enough money is involved, greed trumps morality.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 1, 2009
The documentary details in no-nonsense, talking-head style how commercial and investment banks moved high-risk mortgages out into the economy, dumping debt and reaping profits in the process.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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