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American Casino Reviews

November 18, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
November 17, 2011
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
November 22, 2009
The Cockburns paint a picture of a financial world devoid of morality and scruples, a culture in which reckless disregard of reason and caution led to a towering house of cards that could only come crashing down.
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
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
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
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
September 18, 2009
This film stands as an intimate, terrifying document that renders an incomprehensible slice of recent history in human terms.
September 10, 2009
As the Cockburns interview exterminators and local police about the rats' nests and meth labs that tend to proliferate in foreclosed homes, the corruption metaphor is like something out of a Nathanael West novel.
September 7, 2009
You'll never hear an economist explain derivatives again without thinking of the woman who walks away from the camera, weeping, as her mortgage broker refuses her check, or children's dolls splayed out on the floors of empty homes.
September 4, 2009
The movie's lack of Michael Moore-style dynamism has a dulling effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 3, 2009
The lesson of this story: if enough money is involved, greed trumps morality.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
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+
September 1, 2009
This authoritative, far-reaching documentary by veteran investigative journalists Leslie and Andrew Cockburn comes off as curiously bloodless.
August 31, 2009
The Cockburns have finally made a movie about a nuclear disaster that actually happened -- their subject is the social ecology of financial meltdown.
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
May 1, 2009
The pic never completely escapes a smallscreen feel, however cogent the material.