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  • Summary: Capitalism: A Love Story explores the root causes of the global economic meltdown and takes a comical look at the corporate and political shenanigans that culminated in what Moore has described as the biggest robbery in the history of this country--the massive transfer of U.S. taxpayer money to private financial institutions. (Overture Films) Expand
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  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. 75
    Vintage Moore, which means that it will enthrall many and enrage an equal number of viewers.
  3. 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.
  4. Like most of his movies, Capitalism is a tragedy disguised as a comedy; it’s also an entertainment.
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    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.
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 51 out of 78
  2. Negative: 24 out of 78
  1. Brian
    Oct 19, 2009
    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. Collapse
  2. killdarren
    Sep 29, 2009
    Why is it always about the man and not the message. Wake up people, in America you have 15.1% of the population controlling 83.4% of the wealth. That is a disgrace. Keep killing yourselves for money, see where it gets you. Go Mike, You are the unsung hero of our generation. Capitalism will be the end of us all, it must be destroyed. Expand
  3. marku
    Oct 4, 2009
    Chicago Times asks why the title of this movie is never explained?, because it is obvious "America you have been screwed!", and you are not the only ones. Funny how they can`t print money for dying children or to home the homeless, as it will cause inflation, yet they go to town when the banks are in trouble!, print it like there is no tomorrow, why save thier own arse!. Haven`t seen this movie yet but I surely will, Michael Moore will go to town on this one!, and he won`t need to embellish the facts with the help of your average fruitcake to do it. Expand
  4. basketc
    Sep 25, 2009
    Sometimes insight comes in the form of flavored yogurt. i like flavored yogurt. hearing a man who lives in filth complaining about the filth without leaving the filth doesn't bother me. he just longs for the day of cleaner days and finds the struggle to find what he wants imperishable and worthy of time. he's an American complainer, fine in my book. hey join the club. entertaining. with some insight, some of it original. im still waiting for him to crack American news open but he's fun to have around. Expand
  5. May 18, 2012
    Capitalism: A Love Story is a fine piece of political documenting. It's not overtly shocking or revelatory (rich people are greedy... Who would've guessed?) and it plays up the violin-swelling sympathy a bit too much, but it still riles the viewer up nicely and makes you want to start kicking things. Although, the half-hearted nature in which Moore starts to 'harass' Wall Street suggests that he might well balk at the very riot he's trying to incite. Expand
  6. RichardR.
    Sep 25, 2009
    More selective misinformation from Micheal Moore. If he truly believes he should be in the 70% tax bracket, there is a place on the 1040 to contribute extra money. This would be keeping in line with his idea that Bernie Sanders version of the future is Moore's version of America. I do give Moore credit for bashing both Republicans and Democrats. If you are looking for a Socialist creed or simplistic Capatilism bashing go; if you are looking for something serious don't waste your time or money. Expand
  7. syzygy
    Sep 24, 2009
    Mikey is a cheap propagandist whose worst deficiency all these years has been dishonesty. He never so much cared for people's plight as needing it to push his gross beliefs. Finally, with his latest putrid opus, he is far less scared because he feels comfortable with our current financial crisis in ways that did not show in prior films. He reveals more of his core beliefs rather than simply dancing on the periphery of the crises. He is a true Marxist, a person who doesn't think capitalism suffers from momentary convulsions but is a cancer on all societies. Expand

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