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Maxed Out Reviews

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Kyle Smith
New York Post
March 9, 2007
All the film provides is this bulletin: Lefties are angry about the things Lefties are angry about, chiefly corporate profits.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
October 6, 2007
Maxed Out focuses on how much we're in hock without ever really wondering why we need to buy.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nathan Lee
Village Voice
March 6, 2007
A slapdash piece of work totally indebted to second-hand rhetorical strategies (the '50s educational film, glib Bush-bashing) and threadbare indignation.
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
February 9, 2007
Maxed Out is more ambitious than Morgan Spurlock's egotistical Super Size Me, but its also more scatterbrained.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Daily News
March 9, 2007
[A] well-meaning but scattershot documentary.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
March 9, 2007
While the documentary does a credible job of pointing out the magnitude of the problem, it skirts the issue of what can be done about it and by whom.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 8, 2007
James Scurlock's documentary serves up cautionary tales of epic abuse, though the overall tone is faux cheerful and sometimes genuinely entertaining, especially in the use of clips from an old educational film that looks too fatuous to be faux.
Scott Weinberg
March 20, 2006
A movie that just might inspire you to snip some of those credit cards in half -- is a good movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Edward Douglas
March 6, 2007
If you've ever had problems with credit card debt, this insightful doc will either be the most enlightening or most depressing one you see this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 20, 2007
Maxed Out doesn't really offer solutions, probably because there are none. But it does a great job of showing how the rich get richer and the poor foot the bill, plus interest.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 15, 2007
As a film, Maxed Out occasionally loses its way with glib choices (get ready to get tired of the song Money) and odd diversions (a segment with a Realtor begins the movie with a whimper, not a bang). But as a cry of outrage, it's spot-on.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
Kam Williams
March 17, 2007
A much-needed wake-up call to face the fact that state-sanctioned usury and exorbitant late fees are destroying the prospects of working class citizens of ever achieving anything approaching the American Dream.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Eric D. Snider
March 25, 2006
Anyone who's ever tangled with a credit card company will come out of it with boiling blood and a vow to get out from under their infernal thumbs once and for all.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
March 13, 2007
What Spurlock discovers in his scathing investigative inquiry, is a shocking national situation of debt slavery, with all the earmarks of science fiction.
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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
September 27, 2007
One of the most effective of the many recent agitprop documentaries.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
David Cornelius
April 24, 2007
It's a slapdash affair... yet still winds up with a raw, gritty power.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
March 11, 2007 couldn't be clearer that the average American has been seduced by consumer creditors who are more than willing to bleed them dry.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
March 27, 2007
...the film will make you think twice about spending money you don't have.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
May 30, 2007
[A] dispiriting expose of predatory lending scams that mislead even smart, educated people and a credit-card industry that is designed... to work against the ordinary consumer...
Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena
January 6, 2008
Uma análise detalhada e preocupante sobre a política empregada pelas operadoras de cartões de crédito no intuito de manterem os clientes numa situação de endividamento constante - ou melh... pior: crescente.
| Original Score: 4/5
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