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  • Summary: For three weeks in September 2008, one person was charged with preventing the collapse of the global economy. No one understood the financial markets better than Hank Paulson, the former CEO of Goldman Sachs. In Hank: Five Years from the Brink, Paulson tells the complete story of how heFor three weeks in September 2008, one person was charged with preventing the collapse of the global economy. No one understood the financial markets better than Hank Paulson, the former CEO of Goldman Sachs. In Hank: Five Years from the Brink, Paulson tells the complete story of how he persuaded banks, congress and presidential candidates to sign off on nearly $1 trillion in bailouts - even as he found the behavior that led to the crisis, and the bailouts themselves, morally reprehensible. Expand
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  1. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Feb 6, 2014
    63
    The documentary’s greatest strength is its ability to humanize Paulson.
  2. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Jan 30, 2014
    63
    This is a useful primer on what went wrong — and right — in 2008.
  3. Reviewed by: Daphne Howland
    Jan 28, 2014
    60
    Joe Berlinger's Hank: 5 Years From the Brink is more workaday and less transfixing than projects of his like "Brother's Keeper" or "Paradise Lost."
  4. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Feb 13, 2014
    60
    For all of the substantive issues underpinning the documentary, it still feels a slight film for Berlinger, and very unlike the documentary veteran's best work, found in his dogged following of the West Memphis Three case.
  5. Reviewed by: Stephen Farber
    Jan 30, 2014
    60
    None of the other economic gurus of the era is interviewed, so the film comes across as a 90-minute monologue, which is intriguing to a point but also wearying.
  6. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Jan 30, 2014
    50
    It’s informative but not enlightening, and Mr. Berlinger packs in chattering news clips and a score that’s audible under the interview.
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