Generation Wealth (2018)


Critic Consensus: Generation Wealth has admirable aims, but never manages to focus long enough to put together the type of cogent argument made by director Lauren Greenfield's earlier works.


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For the past 25 years acclaimed photographer and filmmaker Lauren Greenfield (TheQueen of Versailles, Thin, kids+money, #likeagirl) has travelled the world, documenting with ethnographic precision and an artist's sensitivity a vast range of cultural movements and moments. Yet, after so much seeking and searching, she realized that much of her work pointed at one uniting phenomenon: wealth culture. With her new film, Generation Wealth, she puts the pieces of her life's work together for in an incendiary investigation into the pathologies that have created the richest society the world has ever seen. Spanning consumerism, beauty, gender, body commodification, aging and more, Greenfield has created a comprehensive cautionary tale about a culture heading straight for the cliff's edge. Generation Wealth, simultaneously a deeply personal journey, rigorous historical essay, and raucously entertaining expose, bears witness to the global boom-bust economy, the corrupted American Dream and the human costs of capitalism, narcissism and greed.

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Bleak and compelling viewing.

Aug 22, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
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Scattered and self-indulgent, a career retrospective in search of a coherent theme.

Aug 3, 2018 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Greenfield's titillating survey of America's grossest obsessions, from plastic surgery to porn, only flirts with economic and social context, mainly limiting itself to observation and personalization.

Jul 27, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

"Generation Wealth" feels like it's all over the place, and that, if most of its subjects are lacking in depth, the movie itself is open to the same criticism.

Jul 25, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

If "Generation Wealth" has a message that empty acquisitiveness is bad, it delivers it, like the rest of her work, by showing, not telling.

Jul 25, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It's all over the place, to the point of inducing numbness or suffocation.

Jul 20, 2018 | Full Review…

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