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  • Summary: This documentary is the inside story of one of history's greatest business scandals, in which top executives of America's 7th largest company walked away with over one billion dollars while investors and employees lost everything. (Magnolia Pictures)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. 100
    The movie grows richer as it goes along and contrasting pieces click together.
  2. Reviewed by: James Greenberg
    90
    Not only a great cautionary tale, it's a civics lesson that should be seen by every concerned citizen.
  3. Based on a best-selling book by Fortune magazine writers Bethany McLean and Peter Elkind, the film approaches Enron through the Horatio Alger saga of its founder, Kenneth Lay, the son of a dirt-poor Missouri Baptist minister.
  4. 80
    Soberly entertaining documentary.
  5. Gives us the same sort of perverse pleasure that's been a staple of "60 Minutes" over the years -- watching world-class crooks tell world-class lies.
  6. 50
    Amid the infoglut that surrounds us, Gibney's film feels too much like more noise. Is it telling the most important business story of our lifetimes, or is it just another fantastical yarn, crammed into the schedule after Scott and Laci Peterson, but before Charlemagne and the ancient Peruvian astronauts?

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 21
  2. Negative: 2 out of 21
  1. BillS.
    Jun 3, 2006
    10
    A reflection of how many CEO's have forgotton their real role...to protect their organization, their employees and stockholders...not to fill their pockets and egos. Expand
  2. LarryS.
    Sep 15, 2005
    9
    This is better than Roger Moore and his diatribes disguised as
  3. hollyc
    Mar 10, 2006
    9
    Wow---well made documentary. Easily one of the better movies I've seen recently. I think all Americans---should see the documentary. It is simply an outstanding "crime story" mostly, but illustrates the lone problem in all corporations: stripping individuals of responsibility--and the culture that arrises. It's easy to rape California if that's your job and you're ordered to do so by an authority you've deemed qualified. Heck, this is basically a film ready-made for corporate ethics classes now required at most business schools. I wouldn't be surprised if it isn't used in those classes already! Well done--and I'm certainly now interested in reading the book it was based on. Expand
  4. JA
    Feb 1, 2006
    8
    the Tom Waits tune comes up during the credits...when everyone walks out... Anyways, good film, explained a lot to me but I beneffited from having someone with 25 years banking and accounting experience watching it with me, to sort out some of the complicated stuff and point out LIES (I.e- the one about Bush's relationship with Kenneth Lay being unprecented...ha...) The whole thing really comes down to accounting books being cooked and Jeffrey Skilling initially implementing mark to market to wholly take advantage of illegal bookeeping. The emperor has no clothes. Expand
  5. JoeP
    Dec 12, 2006
    8
    Excellent movie, shows how greed affected the entire country and almost brought the country to its knees in the biggest corporate scandal in US history. Expand
  6. EvanS.
    Feb 8, 2006
    8
    It's surreal, arresting and depressing to see this kind of thievery in high places. The tone is never shrill or manipulative which feels right once you meet these crooks. Most of those charged in the scandal will be slapped on the hands with a maximum ten year sentence, but after watching this film, it's appalling to think these criminals are running free in Sugarland. Expand
  7. Taylor
    Jan 22, 2007
    2
    Interesting scandal. Horrible movie! So poorly put together.

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