Generation Wealth Reviews

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August 22, 2018
Bleak and compelling viewing.
August 3, 2018
Scattered and self-indulgent, a career retrospective in search of a coherent theme.
July 27, 2018
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.
July 26, 2018
"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.
July 25, 2018
If "Generation Wealth" has a message that empty acquisitiveness is bad, it delivers it, like the rest of her work, by showing, not telling.
July 20, 2018
It's all over the place, to the point of inducing numbness or suffocation.
July 20, 2018
It's powerful material, but told, thankfully, with a lightness of touch.
July 20, 2018
Greenfield wraps up this compulsively watchable movie with observations of family love and some of its characters striving for redemption and/or an honest living.
Top Critic
July 19, 2018
Greenfield inevitably sacrifices observational detail for a grim diagnosis of society in decline. The trade-off isn't worth it...
July 19, 2018
But even though there is a ton of social commentary inherent in these stories, their relation to wealth is, for the most part, tangential at best, ultimately confusing Greenfield's narrative.
July 19, 2018
"Generation Wealth" is indeed an achievement - a messy, conspicuous and sporadically absorbing one.
July 19, 2018
Its director Lauren Greenfield is a brilliant photographer but her film is all over the place.
July 19, 2018
A retrospective trussed up in a social critique about the deadliness of excess, but not trussed up tightly enough - it bulges out as a rather baggy collection of amorphous insights.
July 19, 2018
Darting from micro to macro and back again, squashing obscene consumption against child beauty pageants and ruinous debt, its structure makes for an unfocused thesis. The through line, though, works...
July 19, 2018
A frustrating disappointment.
July 18, 2018
The conclusions that Generation Wealth draws are shallow-part mass-culture doomsaying and part paean to simplistic picket-fence values.
July 18, 2018
Generation Wealth is a symphony playing only one basic tune. But there are a lot of instruments, and some sprightly, if wayward and opportunistic, variations on the theme.
July 18, 2018
It's a survey, a diagnosis, a mea culpa, a reunion, a memoir, and a sometimes exhausting plea for us to be better. Like her subjects, like America, it's everything at once.
July 18, 2018
The only meaningful takeaway from Greenfield's documentary is that happiness is something we all have to define for ourselves. Of course, you already knew that.
July 16, 2018
[An] alarming film...
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