Capitalism: A Love Story

2009

Capitalism: A Love Story

Critics Consensus

Love him or hate him, Capitalism captures Michael Moore in his muckraking element -- with all the Moore-centric showmanship that entails.

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User Ratings: 70,685
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Michael Moore returns to controversial territory with this documentary examining the events that led to the global financial crisis. Bob and Harvey Weinstein executive produce the film, but won't be involved in its distribution, with Moore opting instead to deal with Overture Films and Paramount Vantage.

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Critic Reviews for Capitalism: A Love Story

All Critics (184) | Top Critics (46)

  • The thesis that rapacious capitalism has horrific social consequences is credible and well illustrated, if hardly eye-opening to European viewers.

    Feb 26, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Ben Walters

    Time Out
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  • For all his cheap tactics, Moore mounts a persuasive case that something is rotten in the current economic system.

    Feb 26, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
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  • Michael Moore has succeeded in getting a film on this subject actually released in cinemas: a very sharp and entertaining one at that.

    Feb 26, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The most interesting aspect of Capitalism is a strain of melancholic nostalgia that runs through its latter segments

    Feb 26, 2010
  • The movie is archive-heavy and preachy, but it feels just right for the occasion.

    Feb 26, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Moore is always visually playful and subversive, and even when dealing with such serious and depressing topics entertaining; but he's also game enough to examine America's mythology of prosperity.

    Nov 5, 2009 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Capitalism: A Love Story

  • May 30, 2017
    Michael Moore has a passion for his films and this really struck a cord with me. Capitalism is a mindless scheme that sees the rich just seperating the gap between the poor to significant new distances. The corruption at the hands of the government is astonishing, the banks providing deductions to senator loans, these people are suppose to be the watch dogs to keep everything fair. The simple fact is this, a revolt is coming and the rich are just narrow sighted if they think all the money in the world will protect them. Corporate greed is beyond a joke and seeing companies buying life insurances on employees is just sickening. This film opens the doors to the poison of wall street and once you are swept up in the film you'll wonder why you never asked similiar questions. The buy out is ridiculous, where did all that money go? No one deserves 5 million for a bonus, that money should be going to the people who put them there. Capitalism needs to go and a new idealism needs to come in and replace what is a harrowing corrupt system. The banks are in the government and need to caught before it's too late, for them, no one deserves to be lynched for greed and stupidity. 30-05-2017.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Jan 23, 2012
    With so much discussion focused on the Occupy and 99% movement it's interesting to look back to Michael Moore's documentary, Capitalism: A Love Story. This film is quite possibly his strongest, a scathing rebuke of a government and financial system rigged against lower and middle class. Mostly unencumbered by the usual Moore hijinks's and shenanigans, he frees himself to really cut to the core of the issue. It persuasively portrays a state of society in which the poor have been robbed while the rich and powerful have prospered like never before. What Moore uncovers should enrage all that see it. Big corporations, rather than helping their employees, have benefited from their misfortune, and even death. While earning record profits, hundreds of thousands of workers are layed off. Entire towns, like Moore's hometown of Flint, Michigan, are being laid to waste. And even though the Dow Jones has recovered we still have an employment rate at 9 percent, with people that have been out of work for a year or more. It becomes clear that what is best is Wall Street is not best for Main Street. In one interview taken from his previous film about GM, Roger and Me, an executive coldly explains that in order for a company like GM to survive in the modern financial markets, cuts to staff have to be made. That means that thousands that have given their life to a company are being thown out. The company doesn't care about employees but it cares a lot about profits. That's the capitalist system and the profit motive at work. What makes Moore's film so watchable is that appeal to the 99%. Economic hardship is something felt buy people of all race, creed and political party. Capitalism is not a partisan but a moral film. It is a call to action and a plea for sympathy. If we, the 99 percent, don't fight back, there is no hope. But once we are united, nothing can stop us.
    Brandon S Super Reviewer
  • Nov 20, 2011
    A shocking and interesting film by Michael Moore, other terrific vision about a USA problem. Fresh.
    Lucas M Super Reviewer
  • May 12, 2011
    Michael Moore makes his case about the widening gap between the haves and the have-nots and it's extremely difficult for any thinking individual to refute all his arguments. The most shocking revelation is the practice of companies taking out life insurance policies on their employees WITHOUT THEIR KNOWLEDGE, thereby profiting greatly from any employee's untimely death - the 'Dead Peasants' policy. A worthwhile companion piece to <i>Sicko</i> about the harsh, often despicable, realities of American economics & policies. But there's a valuable moral to the story: it doesn't HAVE to be this way.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer

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