Floored (2010)



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Filmmaker James Allen Smith examines the impact of new technology on the lives of Chicago stock-market traders and questions whether computerized trading will force out some of the industry's old-timers.

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All Critics (5) | Top Critics (4)

The stories of this dying breed are fascinating.

May 7, 2010 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

This relatively short doc is more than halfway over before it gets around to addressing its stated theme: how computer trading has thinned out the crowd of sharp-elbowed traders by some 90 percent since 1997.

May 7, 2010 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

The film isn't pretty -- even the talking-head footage looks a bit hurried -- but neither is the milieu or the era it documents.

May 5, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
Time Out
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Smith goes easy on his subjects: A perfunctory mention of the recent financial crisis leaves the commodities exchange and its practitioners untainted.

May 4, 2010 | Full Review…

Not exactly stock market math for dummies, this horror doc hybrid is nevertheless candid camera capitalism in the raw, penetrating that secretive trader thug life steeped in money lust, booze, designer cigars, drugs, and high end sex on demand.

May 5, 2010 | Full Review…

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