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Maxed Out Reviews

December 4, 2007
This muckraking documentary on America's personal-debt crisis lays bare the predatory practices of credit card companies and the Bush administration's cozy relationship with the financial services industry.
October 6, 2007
Do not see this film if you worry about money.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/6
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
October 6, 2007
This scattershot exposť of usurious banking practices examines why the most vulnerable segment of society is victimized by the lending industry and finds a simple answer: It's obscenely profitable.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
April 20, 2007
Maxed Out exposes the credit card sham for what it is, and fingers the hustlers who perpetuate it.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 23, 2007
To maximize your return on this useful report, sit through the end credits where Spurlock deposits some of his best material.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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.
March 15, 2007
If your outrage glands need a workout, be sure to see Maxed Out, a muckraking, emotionally powerful, wickedly entertaining documentary on the dreary-sounding topic of consumer debt.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
March 14, 2007
Maxed Out, while occasionally muddled in its financial details, presents a more-accurate-than-not vision of a nation that is starting to look like a candidate for rehab, on both an individual and a national level, for its addiction to debt.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 13, 2007
The film's scattered ruminations on credit card mania add up to a powerful indictment of a culture of mindless consumption spinning out of control.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 9, 2007
Though the movie sometimes feels a bit cursory in telling its many stories, many of its points resonate strongly, in that hey-how-come-I-didn't-know-that way that the best muckraking journalism can do.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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
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
March 9, 2007
James Scurlock's often riveting documentary is likely to leave you outraged over the manipulative greed of America's banks and credit card firms.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
March 8, 2007
Scurlock's filmmaking style leans more heavily on woebegone personal testimony than facts and figures, but politicians willing to go up against the credit industry's lobbyists would be well advised to take a look.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 8, 2007
Scurlock does well to counter the more dire aspects of the film with a razor-sharp sense of humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 8, 2007
A film all high school seniors should see. And their parents. And their siblings, neighbors, best friends and acquaintances. You should see it, too.
March 7, 2007
James Scurlock's Maxed Out takes a long-overdue swipe at the shamelessly predatory tactics of the credit-card and home-mortgage industries, which are feeding on the most economically vulnerable members of our society.
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.
March 6, 2007
Given that James D. Scurlock's documentary Maxed Out is a resolutely uncinematic progression of talking heads -- and they're talking about a subject most of us would rather not even think about -- it's a remarkably entertaining film.
March 5, 2007
Oh, the stories Scurlock tells.
March 22, 2006
Intelligent, informative and unusually entertaining docudocu errs only when it yanks too insistently on heartstrings.