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Inside Job Reviews

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
February 16, 2011
You'll need a clear head to follow this impressive and angry American doc about the financial meltdown...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 9, 2010
This scathing expose should be enough to alarm people all over the political spectrum.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 5, 2010
Wall Street owns Washington. You might think you know this, but "Inside Job" makes you feel the enormity of it.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
November 5, 2010
You don't have to know the difference between a credit default swap and a collateralized debt obligation to feel enraged anew by Charles Ferguson's thorough dissection of the country's economic collapse of 2008.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
November 4, 2010
Whether it's parsing the definition of a derivative or detailing the bad faith of major financial institutions, the new documentary Inside Job approaches its deconstruction of the financial meltdown with laserlike focus.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
November 4, 2010
[Ferguson] can get to a story later but provide so much more context that his film seems definitive.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
November 4, 2010
Inside Job is densely packed with information, charts and graphics, but the film is propelled by an angry, fiery pulse...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
October 29, 2010
There have been plenty of books, articles, and movies about the 2007-08 financial meltdown and what led up to it, but if you're looking for a first-rate all-in-one overview, it doesn't get much better than Charles Ferguson's Inside Job.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
October 29, 2010
A trained economist might challenge his analysis, but there's no question that Ferguson, who holds a PhD in political science and is a former business consultant, is a formidable interviewer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
October 28, 2010
It should have you leaving the theatre in the same angry mood that fuelled Toronto Mayor-elect Rob Ford's "Stop the Gravy Train!" mantra.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
October 28, 2010
A damning indictment of the individuals and institutions who made money while customers lost their shirts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
October 28, 2010
f you've been affected by the bottom dropping out of the economy -- who hasn't? -- but didn't know where to target your disappointment, your frustration, your rage, Inside Job gives you the answer:
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
October 22, 2010
Inside Job traces the history of the crisis and its implications with exceptional lucidity, rigor and righteous indignation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 21, 2010
There's such a thing as smart angry, and such a thing as stupid angry, and after seeing Inside Job, audiences will be smart angry.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
October 14, 2010
After watching Charles Ferguson's powerhouse documentary about the global economic crisis, you will more than understand what went down -- you will be thunderstruck and boiling with rage.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
October 14, 2010
This is no dry economics lesson; it is a vital wake-up call.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
October 14, 2010
This is a work of sustained, nonpartisan rage. Its anger is always simmering, never all-consuming. Ferguson knows what it is he wants to say, and the movie goes about its point-making with lawyerly precision.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
October 14, 2010
Ferguson takes the time to be clear about what he's arguing, and whom he's blaming for what. With just two feature-length talking-heads docs, Ferguson has done a great deal to restore confidence in the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 14, 2010
An angry, well-argued documentary about how the American financial industry set out deliberately to defraud the ordinary American investor.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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David Denby
New Yorker
October 11, 2010
Indignation is often the most self-deluding of emotions; this movie has the rare gifts of lucid passion and informed rage.
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October 8, 2010
Clarity and efficiency may not be the sexiest of cinematic virtues, but in Inside Job ? Charles Ferguson's rip-roaring, Wall-Street-damning documentary about 2008's global financial meltdown ? they sure prove powerful tools.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
October 8, 2010
By the end Mr. Ferguson has summoned the scourging moral force of a pulpit-shaking sermon. That he delivers it with rigor, restraint and good humor makes his case all the more devastating.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
October 8, 2010
The endless skein of talking heads and bar graphs make no attempt to be cinematic and will have even the most excitable viewers struggling to stay alert.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
October 7, 2010
It's a scathing examination of the global economic meltdown that began more than two years ago and continues to affect our lives.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
October 7, 2010
Inside Job is as much crisp, professional journalism as ballsy takedown, and the film's two sides complement rather than detract from each other.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
October 5, 2010
My vision was clouded by the steam wafting from my ears.
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Stephen Garrett
Time Out
October 4, 2010
Vivid in execution, impeccably produced and downright damning.
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Todd McCarthy
indieWIRE
October 4, 2010
There could not be a film more timely or relevant to why the world is in the shape its in right now than this meticulously constructed analysis of the financial mess of the past couple of years.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
October 4, 2010
You say Inside Job is a bit like a classroom documentary? Its a class you need to take.
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Duane Byrge
Hollywood Reporter
October 1, 2010
Powerful takedown of the financial services industry and Wall Street greed.
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Rob Nelson
Variety
October 1, 2010
The definitive screen investigation of the global economic crisis, providing hard evidence of flagrant amorality -- and of a new nonfiction master at work.
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Gayle MacDonald
Globe and Mail
September 14, 2010
Get ready to get angry, but also squirm with delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4