Former Clinton Cabinet member Robert Reich makes his case for a kindler, gentler capitalism.
| Original Score: 4/4
Documentaries about the economy being what they are, you might not expect much from Inequality For All, but as directed by Jacob Kornbluth, it is the Indianapolis 500 of wealth analyses.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
America is a country without any "self-admitted proletarians," where even the poorest see themselves as "temporarily embarrassed" millionaires.
| Original Score: 87/100
Reich is a natural teacher of complex concepts: The film doesn't feel like homework.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Inequality for All is intelligent, persuasive and accessible, a gentle but urgent clarion call to action.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Topical documentaries mostly appeal to the converted and are ignored by those who disagree. And "Inequality" probably will be no exception.
| Original Score: 3/4
Lacks the alarmist self-importance of 'An Inconvenient Truth,' even if the subject it investigates seems as dangerous as climate change to the country's health, at least in the short run.
This is a curious case of liking the messenger, loving the message and yet still feeling as if you're being too heavily sold, even if you want to buy into the product.
| Original Score: B
The trouble with Inequality is that it's a book pretending to be a movie. Like far too many recent documentaries, there is nothing cinematic and almost nothing visual about it.
| Original Score: 2/4
[Robert Reich] headlines this documentary in which he explains his views about the United States' current economic woes. It's something he manages to do engagingly and with great clarity.
| Original Score: 3/5
Overall, this film is enlightening, entertaining and seriously alarming.
| Original Score: B+
This documentary would be a rousing David and Goliath story even if its hero weren't the diminutive Robert B. Reich.
| Original Score: A
President Clinton's secretary of labor lectures on income inequality with a refreshing lack of jargon.
The film makes no secret of its liberal political leanings and activist goals, which means it likely will only preach to the converted.
An advocacy doc constructed to make a clear political point first and function as a film a distant second.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
That a documentary about economics could be so personally emotional and affecting is remarkable. And to learn from Reich in this film, as his students at Berkeley do, is a treat and a privilege.
| Original Score: A-
It all ends with Reich's students giving him a standing ovation. I felt like jumping out of a window.
| Original Score: B-
Robert Reich, a secretary of labor under President Clinton, leads us through a sharp-eyed essay-meditation on the rising trend of income inequality.
Reich manages to infuse this enlightening/infuriating documentary on extreme income disparity in the United States, and the corollary marginalization of the middle class, with an optimistic spirit. One that may or may not be justified.
Any politician hoping to redistribute America's wealth should screen it before every stump speech.