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Payback Reviews

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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
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
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
April 27, 2012
Baichwal could have devoted a single film to just BP's disgraceful behavior.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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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Noel Murray
AV Club
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-
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Andrew Schenker
Time Out
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...
| Original Score: 3/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
April 24, 2012
You can't help feeling that the movie owed its subject - and its audience - a bit more.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
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.
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
March 16, 2012
Payback is nothing if not brave.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
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
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Rob Nelson
February 6, 2012
A rarefied conceptual docu that will appeal to a limited but highly appreciative audience.