Metascore
61

Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 36
  2. Negative: 3 out of 36
  1. After watching the bailouts, the bank foreclosures and the Bernie Madoffs of the world dominate headlines, Michael Moore is mad as hell, and he's going to try to make you mad as hell, too.
  2. 88
    Moore's fireball of a movie could change your life. It had me laughing with tears in my eyes.
  3. 88
    The film's title is never explained. What does Moore mean? Maybe it's that capitalism means never having to say you're sorry.
  4. Reviewed by: Elias Savada
    80
    He's preaching a story we must all hear. This is no fairy tale.
  5. 75
    This lively, infuriating and occasionally moving film certainly leaves you thinking, and there isn't a dead spot in it. That's the mark of a real filmmaker, not just a muckraker.
  6. With mixed results, Moore singles out those who profit from the misery of American workers.
  7. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    75
    No matter where you stand, there's no denying "Capitalism" is flat-out polemic wizardry.
  8. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    75
    Impassioned, informative and entertaining, if sometimes repetitive.
  9. 75
    Vintage Moore, which means that it will enthrall many and enrage an equal number of viewers.
  10. Reviewed by: Mark Salisbury
    75
    With the global economic meltdown affecting just about everybody, the film is pertinent, hugely entertaining, and, above all, timely.
  11. 75
    The symmetry doesn't work. Capitalism is an economic system; democracy, a political system. Perhaps Moore should have come out and said what he really wants to see us adopt: a democratic socialism.
  12. At its best, Capitalism: A Love Story is a searing outcry against the excesses of a cutthroat time. At its worst, it's dorm-room Marxism.
  13. 75
    Capitalism lacks the surprising wit of “Roger & Me” and the sobering comparative journalism of “Sicko,” and it isn’t nearly as heartfelt as “Columbine,” which poignantly and repeatedly circled back to Moore’s beloved home state of Michigan.
  14. The real love story here is between Moore and his bullhorn.
  15. Reviewed by: Deborah Young
    70
    This is a typical Moore oeuvre: funny, often over the top and of dubious documentation, but with strongly made points that leave viewers much to ponder and debate after they walk out of the theater.
  16. Too bad its wide net ultimately results in diminishing returns.
  17. On one level: groan. On another: No one else seems about to make those arrests. The only thing that would scare Wall Street straight is the image of Michael Moore as the new sheriff in town.
  18. Moore's scattershot is a lot more interesting than some filmmakers' focus, and many of those individual parts are classic.
  19. Like most of his movies, Capitalism is a tragedy disguised as a comedy; it’s also an entertainment.
  20. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    70
    There's something touching, even a little bit noble, about Moore's eternal willingness to serve as our nation's shame-free populist gadfly.
  21. A freewheeling denunciation of the capitalist system that is often mordantly funny and, by lurching turns, scornful, rambling, repetitive, impassioned, mock-lofty, pseudo-lowbrow, faux-naïve, persuasive, tabloid-shameless and agit-prop-powerful.
  22. At its best, this uneven work represents Moore at the peak of his argumentative skills.
  23. 63
    Redundant for a filmmaker whose work has always dealt with the dismaying consequences of this country’s profit motive. Isn’t every Michael Moore film ultimately about capitalism? This one just has a more facetious title.
  24. Moore's voice is weak and fuzzy, directed at a choir that should already know the words by heart.
  25. Reviewed by: Damon Wise
    60
    A barbed study of the American economy puts capitalism in the dock but somehow fails to convict.
  26. 60
    Delivers Moore’s usual grab bag of ironic kitsch, gotcha clips and infotainment-journalism.
  27. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    60
    Whether Capitalism matches "Fahrenheit 9/11" or underperforms like "Sicko" will depend on how much workers of the world are ready to unite behind the message.
  28. 58
    The tone is so smart-ass that it’s bound to put a lot of viewers into a default defensive posture.
  29. As a statement on capitalism or anything else, Capitalism: A Love Story is often embarrassingly simplistic, self-contradictory.
  30. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    50
    Scattershot, lazy slice of agitprop, which recycles Moore's usual slice-and-dice job on corporations, while bobbing a curtsey to the current crisis.
  31. 50
    Exhibits the weaknesses and the strengths of what has become a nearly foolproof formula for keeping viewers engaged.
  32. 50
    It’s a sad movie--funny, yet wounded and bewildered.
  33. This time the acclaimed filmmaker tackles an entire “ism” and, much like its ambiguous title, Capitalism: A Love Story, Moore’s film is an unmethodical survey of a gargantuan topic, one that has only grown more so in the year since he began work on the project.
  34. 30
    This is a love story, all right, but it has less to do with the flaws of capitalism than it does with Moore's unwavering fondness for the sound of his own voice, and for what he perceives as his own vast cleverness.
  35. 30
    By the end, when Moore presents himself as a lone crusader for justice and wraps yellow crime-scene tape around the AIG building, his reasoning is so muddled that he can’t distinguish an economic system (corporate capitalism) from a political one (representative democracy).
  36. 25
    Shouldn’t Moore run his yellow crime-scene tape around the White House instead of Wall Street? Anyway, President Obama said this month that in cases where the government has fully sold its TARP bank holdings, it has gotten back its money plus 17 percent. Damn those capitalist barons, breaking into our treasury and filling it with their filthy money.
User Score
6.7

Generally favorable reviews- based on 163 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 78
  2. Negative: 24 out of 78
  1. Brian
    Oct 19, 2009
    10
    Very impressive and engaging pastiche of images and personal testimonies. His interviewees, particularly the families who have lost Very impressive and engaging pastiche of images and personal testimonies. His interviewees, particularly the families who have lost everything, are the driving force of the narrative. I appreciated this film as the culmination of Moore's general argument about corporate victimization which has underlain his previous entries. A tour-de-force of documentary filmaking, and a career-defining film. Full Review »
  2. Nov 2, 2010
    3
    Even if what is said or shown in this documentary is true, I can't help but to feel some of the same anger shown here against the banks andEven if what is said or shown in this documentary is true, I can't help but to feel some of the same anger shown here against the banks and capitalism towards Michael himself. Why didn't he release this movie for free, it's easy to talk but it's not easy actually doing what you preach. Full Review »
  3. GotaSoul
    Oct 4, 2009
    10
    This is the best movie of the year by far! Michael Moore should be given both an Oscar and the Nobel Prized for economics.