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Hank: Five Years From the Brink (2014)



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For three weeks in September 2008, one person was charged with preventing the collapse of the global economy. No one understood financial markets better than Hank Paulson, the former CEO of Goldman Sachs. Yet Paulson wasn't quite the pinstriped banker he appeared to be. A devout Christian Scientist with left-leaning politics, he'd refused two previous offers to be Secretary of the Treasury before finally accepting. In Hank: Five Years From the Brink, Paulson tells Academy Award-nominated director Joe Berlinger (Paradise Lost, Some Kind of Monster) the complete story of how he persuaded banks, Congress, and presidential candidates to sign off on a nearly $1 trillion rescue package for the U.S. financial system during a time of unimaginable pressure and economic uncertainty.(c) Official Site
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Critic Reviews for Hank: Five Years From the Brink

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (8)

A denial of personal responsibility and inadequate regulations: Isn't that what led us to the brink in the first place?

March 6, 2014
Boston Globe
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This is not a film that will be remembered for its high drama, but it wouldn't be surprising to see it studied in future years by scholars trying to gain perspective on a calamity that almost brought the world to itsknees.

Full Review… | February 20, 2014
San Francisco Chronicle
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For all of Paulson's intelligent calm in front of the camera, he is telling an American horror story of massive proportions.

Full Review… | February 13, 2014
Los Angeles Times
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This highly sympathetic documentary profile of Paulson is slightly redundant, but it's also more factualized and instructive in its financial detail.

Full Review… | February 13, 2014
Chicago Reader
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The documentary's greatest strength is its ability to humanize Paulson.

Full Review… | February 6, 2014
Washington Post
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It's informative but not enlightening, and Mr. Berlinger packs in chattering news clips and a score that's audible under the interview.

Full Review… | January 30, 2014
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Hank: Five Years From the Brink

I really liked this Joe Berlinger doc. The economic crisis told from Hank Paulson's perspective, but Berlinger doesn't let him get away without asking some of the hard questions.

Natalie Metzger
Natalie Metzger

A damn fine documentary. This reminded me a lot of McNamara's "Fog of War" with how open and honest he was being about his failures. Anyone who really wants to get to the heart of the financial crisis, this is a good movie to begin with. You get to learn all the key dates and important players, straight from the horses's mouth. Good Concept, Good Execution

Erick Freitas
Erick Freitas

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