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Payback Reviews

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May 31, 2012
Makes similar points as several other docs, but in a more labored and tedious way.
April 24, 2012
You can't help feeling that the movie owed its subject - and its audience - a bit more.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/5
March 15, 2012
The compelling human stories are often stalled behind a logjam of interviews with experts and intellectuals that are intended to add perspective but disrupt the movie's flow.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 27, 2012
Baichwal could have devoted a single film to just BP's disgraceful behavior.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
April 24, 2012
Despite trying to fit both the ancient Albanian Kanun legal code and the fate of the environment on the same procrustean bed, Baichwal's free-flowing essay film stands as a thoughtful and compelling meditation on global interconnectivity...
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
January 2, 2016
Brings to life serious discussions of philosophical issues through impassioned case studies [but] works too hard for an upbeat ending.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
April 24, 2012
This doc on the many forms of human debt, though often frustratingly broad, offers a path to balancing civilization's ledger with a hard-nosed brand of altruism.
August 28, 2012
An earnest and edifying documentary on the philosophical and ethical ramifications of debt as something owed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 20, 2012
There's a splendid audacity in Baichwal trying to bring to the screen something as idea-driven as Atwood's book.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 6, 2012
A rarefied conceptual docu that will appeal to a limited but highly appreciative audience.
March 16, 2012
Payback is nothing if not brave.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 24, 2012
Cinematic globe-trotting doesn't necessarily trump reading a good book, it turns out; then again, more movies should be burdened with the flaw of being too intellectually curious.
April 26, 2012
Adapting non-fiction to cinema can be tricky even for a documentarian, but Jennifer Baichwal makes a game effort at turning Margaret Atwood's book-length essay Payback: Debt And The Shadow Side Of Wealth into a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
April 26, 2012
Three real-life horror stories are linked by the theme of debt in this informative but sometimes wandering doc.
Top Critic
April 26, 2012
Ultimately, this intriguing but scattershot movie turns on the incompatibility of two worldviews - the corporate-financial vs. the environmental-spiritual.
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