Metascore
88

Universal acclaim - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Dec 14, 2010
    100
    This is a true-life heist movie, and the thieves not only got away with their billions, they're still doing business. Pay attention and blow a gasket.
  2. Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Oct 21, 2010
    100
    There's such a thing as smart angry, and such a thing as stupid angry, and after seeing Inside Job, audiences will be smart angry.
  3. 100
    One of the most fascinating aspects of Inside Job involves the chatty on-camera insights of Kristin Davis, a Wall Street madam, who says the Street operated in a climate of abundant sex and cocaine for valued clients and the traders themselves.
  4. 100
    The result is a masterpiece of investigative nonfiction moviemaking - a scathing, outrageous, depressing, comical, horrifying report on what and who brought on the crisis.
  5. 100
    It might well be the most important film you see this year, and the most important documentary of this young century.
  6. 100
    Inside Job, a sleek, briskly paced film whose title suggests a heist movie, is the story of a crime without punishment, of an outrage that has so far largely escaped legal sanction and societal stigma.
  7. Reviewed by: Rob Nelson
    100
    Charles Ferguson's sophomore film Inside Job is the definitive screen investigation of the global economic crisis, providing hard evidence of flagrant amorality -- and of a new nonfiction master at work.
  8. Inside Job has the added value, as well as the cold comfort, of being furiously interesting and hugely infuriating. It's a scathing examination of the global economic meltdown that began more than two years ago and continues to affect our lives.
  9. 100
    Many documentaries are good at drawing attention to an outrage and stirring up our feelings. Ferguson's film certainly does this, but his exposition of complex information is also masterly. Indignation is often the most self-deluding of emotions; this movie has the rare gifts of lucid passion
  10. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Oct 23, 2010
    91
    With scrupulous fairness, Ferguson meticulously lays out for us the whole sordid mess.
  11. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Oct 28, 2010
    90
    Scarier than anything you'll find in a horror movie this time of year.
  12. Reviewed by: Duane Byrge
    90
    Most impressively, it makes it understandable to those of us who don't know much at all about economics.
  13. As he proved in his Iraq-centered "No End in Sight," policy wonk turned documentarian Charles Ferguson has no peer when it comes to tracking the course of a preventable catastrophe.
  14. After watching Charles Ferguson's powerhouse documentary about the global economic crisis, you will more than understand what went down - you will be thunderstruck and boiling with rage.
  15. Reviewed by: Carrie Rickey
    Oct 28, 2010
    88
    It is a damning indictment of the individuals and institutions who made money while customers lost their shirts.
  16. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Oct 21, 2010
    88
    If you think you've absorbed all you could about subprime mortgages, credit default swaps and the arcana of elaborate derivatives, think again. Inside Job traces the history of the crisis and its implications with exceptional lucidity, rigor and righteous indignation.
  17. Matt Damon narrates, and I do wish the narration didn't end on such a generalized, throw-the-bums-out note, over footage of the Statue of Liberty.
  18. 85
    Even more than it wants to inform Inside Job seeks to enrage.
  19. 83
    From an emotional standpoint, it's enormously satisfying, even cathartic to watch Ferguson "nail" some of the rogues behind the economic crisis with the unseemly zeal of Stephen Colbert on The Colbert Report.
  20. Reviewed by: Damon Wise
    Feb 14, 2011
    80
    A sharp study of corporate greed for those who felt Michael Moore pulled too many punches.
  21. Ferguson doesn't aim to entertain; he wants answers, and talks to many of the enabling weasels.
  22. 80
    There's not much sense that the system can be voted out-not least because Barack Obama, shown campaigning on the crisis and elected in part to change the game, recruited his economic advisers from those who enabled the disaster.
  23. 80
    "American Casino" and Michael Moore's "Capitalism: A Love Story" offered more striking images of the human wreckage, but Ferguson is more successful at nailing the perpetrators in New York and their gullible accomplices in Washington.
  24. Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    Oct 28, 2010
    67
    As a film, Inside Job is polished enough, and fueled by piquant indignation, but it's also often scattershot and meandering.
  25. Our fury is never directed toward concrete solutions, and that allows the guilty parties to slip, perhaps permanently, from our grasp.
  26. Despite the high drama of the financial crisis, this documentary, which is full of talking heads, could have been as dry as a balance sheet. It's quite the reverse: funny, sardonic, investigative and gripping.
  27. 25
    Name names, please. Or shut up.
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 97 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 32
  2. Negative: 3 out of 32
  1. Nov 14, 2010
    8
    This is a well-organized an compelling documentary, and everyone should see it. In fact, they should teach it in schools. But if you don't know already that the financial services industry has captured the US government, then you have been asleep for ten years. I wish it were more shocking! I wish a few of those who declined to be interviewed had actually come clean and admitted they are inhuman dirtbags. Nevertheless, this one should go into the time capsule, just so our impoverished descendants (few though they will be) will know what happened to the America they will have heard about. Full Review »
  2. Nov 7, 2010
    10
    Excellent review of events leading up to and persons causing the crisis. Most important is raising the question of accountability. Don't see this if you like living in a fog ... it will affect your perspective. Full Review »
  3. Nov 27, 2010
    8
    This is a very strong, well-done documentary that really has the power, emotional weight, and logic to upset people and ignite a fire within it's audience. The topic is one that is constantly on the tip of everyone's tongue: the financial crisis our country went/is going through. The film is powerful because i gathers high ranking officials in the political and banking industries partially responsible for the crisis, and then not letting them take the easy way out by throwing them softball questions or sugar coating issues. The director is direct, forceful, and unwavering in his quest to get answers from some of the people who did our country wrong. Sometimes the pace and immense amount of detail can be a little overwhelming, but it really just makes you sit up, pay attention more, and actually use your brain. Inside Job does what every good documentary should do: induce an emotional reaction. The reaction from this film just happens to be extreme anger. Full Review »