I.O.U.S.A.

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A potent and lithely constructed documentary about America's financial crisis, I.O.U.S.A grabs you with figures but holds you with irreverent wit.

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Will the United States of America go broke in your lifetime? This documentary examines the myriad reasons why such a dangerous outcome is a distinct possibility. In the opinion of some, as the baby boomer generation ages, entitlement programs will be strained to the breaking point, and an astronomical defense budget and excessive national debt threaten to hurl the country over the financial brink. If the U.S. is not prepared to change its ways, the film warns, we'd better be ready for disaster.

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Critic Reviews for I.O.U.S.A.

All Critics (65) | Top Critics (26) | Fresh (57) | Rotten (8)

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    November 18, 2011 | Rating: 2/5

    David Fear

    Time Out
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    November 17, 2011 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Hank Sartin

    Time Out
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  • This solid doc reminds us how unsustainable the current American economy is.

    November 14, 2008 | Rating: 3/6 | Full Review…

    Dave Calhoun

    Time Out
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  • Unexpectedly entertaining, given that it's about dodgy accounting on an epic scale, the film predicts an economic cold shower that is about to douse America's prospects, thanks to its ever-expanding national debt.

    November 14, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

    Wendy Ide

    Times (UK)
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  • This movie is a scary, exhilarating blast of atheist common sense.

    November 14, 2008 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Patrick Creadon's film is a lucid history lesson in the failures of successive Republican presidents to put a stopper in the country's leaking fiscal hole.

    November 14, 2008 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for I.O.U.S.A.

  • Sep 15, 2010
    A very in depth documentary that breaks down America's economic problem into layman's terms and emphasizes just how big this problem is. The true horror of the situation is that the idiot leaders of the most powerful nation in the world have still not been able to foresee this problem and are not doing anything about it. One thing I know the filmmakers don't want to see is their prediction come true, and hopefully, the right people see this film.
    Edward B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 22, 2010
    A great wake-up call. The unfortunate part is I'm sure only a very small fraction of the American public has seen this film, let alone even know this problem exists. So wake-up everyone: We can't have it all and expect to go on the way we do now.
    Sarah P Super Reviewer
  • Jul 17, 2010
    This is a doc that every person should see. We've all heard our whole life about the national debt and how it's really bad, but this film really crystallized how bad it is going to get in a very short period of time if we don't do something soon. My main criteria for rating this so high is how well the film gets across the facts and explains how we got to where we are, and where we are headed. (FYI- This is on Netflix streaming)
    Grifty G Super Reviewer
  • Sep 28, 2009
    We're screwed. I like how people in the government spend our tax money on $450 tatoos, $20,000 Hawaiian vacations, and Girls Gone Wild videos. The sad thing is this film was made in 2007, talking about how bad Bush made the economy, and how the next President will hopefully make it better. How depressing...
    Curtis L Super Reviewer

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