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Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve Reviews

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Noah Gittell
Washington City Paper
April 16, 2014
As an introductory course in monetary policy, it works. This is an admirably wonky film, but its audience will likely be small; it's too simplistic for experts but too dry for the masses.
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Michael Nordine
Village Voice
September 10, 2013
Bruce may succeed in making you wary of the Fed, but, unfortunately, he's also likely to make you wary of his film.
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Martin Tsai
Los Angeles Times
September 19, 2013
Thumbing through this flip-book of experts - some seem better credentialed than others - can be a blur, but their cautioning about a Greek-style government debt bubble is hard to ignore.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
October 17, 2013
News flash: People are buying stuff they can't afford. There, now you don't have to bother.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
September 19, 2013
The subtitle declares rather than alludes. It is what it is, as Bill Belichick (that gridiron Ben Bernanke) would say, bluntly informing what the movie is about.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
February 20, 2014
It all feels more suited to the classroom than a movie theatre when Schreiber details how raising interest rates slows economic activity, or how the Fed became "banker to the world."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times
September 12, 2013
In trying to convince us that the Fed is powerful, Mr. Bruce perhaps makes it too powerful. Lots of forces go into shaping the economy. To paint it as a one-man show seems oversimplified.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
September 12, 2013
A Washington-centric wonk-fest, with appearances by a parade of economists, pundits and former governors of the Federal Reserve Board, it's academic, insider-y and dry to the point of dull at times.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Sheryl Jean
Dallas Morning News
September 5, 2013
The film ends with more questions than answers - perhaps that's the point.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Greg Evans
Bloomberg News
September 12, 2013
The film would seem a likelier candidate for a PBS slot than a theatrical release, particularly in the first history-heavy section. Nor does Bruce offer much by way of specific, novel solutions.
Nathalie Atkinson
National Post
February 28, 2014
Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve is a well-informed, reasoned critique of the Fed, and its role as an enabler in the recent financial crises.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 30, 2014
Possibly too appealing and accessible to be taken seriously enough for impact. But at least it's entertaining and informative to a degree for us layfolk.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Orndorf
Blu-ray.com
October 17, 2013
That Bruce could muster anything even remotely engaging about this subject is a clear testament to his filmmaking skill.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Geoff Berkshire
Variety
September 17, 2013
A thoughtful, detailed chronicle of the Fed's origins, responsibilities and shifting monetary policies.
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
September 21, 2013
There's a gut-punch sadness to the movie -- a melancholic dawning. While enlightening as it relates specifically to the Fed, its chief lesson is evident in other walks of life: money talks, and a well-heeled elite class has a private line.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Kevin Jagernauth
The Playlist
September 5, 2013
...while director Jim Bruce's film is thorough, and rich in context and detail...one can't help but think it's another small rock being throw into a big ocean that nothing can seemingly can stop, even though many are aware of what needs to be done.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Ricardo Baca
Denver Post
September 27, 2013
Money For Nothing lacks the rush of Rush, but you still might find your pulse racing and your blood boiling by the film's end.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Todd Jorgenson
Cinemalogue.com
September 13, 2013
It's generally compelling, even if the film seems to target the financially savvy more than the working-class folks who are most affected by the events it chronicles.
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
September 12, 2013
It resembles a decent academic lecture on the subject...interesting, if hardly scintillating.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
September 27, 2013
It's immensely educational...and dry as a soda cracker.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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