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  • Summary: Inside Job is the first film to expose the shocking truth behind the economic crisis of 2008. The global financial meltdown, at a cost of over $20 trillion, resulted in millions of people losing their homes and jobs. Through extensive research and interviews with major financial insiders,Inside Job is the first film to expose the shocking truth behind the economic crisis of 2008. The global financial meltdown, at a cost of over $20 trillion, resulted in millions of people losing their homes and jobs. Through extensive research and interviews with major financial insiders, politicians and journalists, Inside Job traces the rise of a rogue industry and unveils the corrosive relationships which have corrupted politics, regulation and academia. (Sony Classics) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. 100
    It might well be the most important film you see this year, and the most important documentary of this young century.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. Reviewed by: Duane Byrge
    90
    Most impressively, it makes it understandable to those of us who don't know much at all about economics.
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Damon Wise
    Feb 14, 2011
    80
    A sharp study of corporate greed for those who felt Michael Moore pulled too many punches.
  7. 25
    Name names, please. Or shut up.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 32
  2. Negative: 3 out of 32
  1. Jun 18, 2012
    10
    A true-life story about American national corruption and the thieves are still doing business so freely in American society. It raises suchA true-life story about American national corruption and the thieves are still doing business so freely in American society. It raises such disappointment and anger for knowing such cruelties could still be existed legally in the society. In the end, the poor took it all, not the money- but the painful consequences that the rich had created and ignorantly left behind. Expand
  2. Dec 18, 2010
    10
    An excellent documentary - well organized. And a good looking film also. You do have to concentrate, as one question is answered by someone,An excellent documentary - well organized. And a good looking film also. You do have to concentrate, as one question is answered by someone, then a cut to someone else who contradicts the first person. This juxtaposition happens often in the film and on occasion is hard to catch. Everyone in America should see this. With Wall St., who needs Al Qaeda!! Expand
  3. 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 seeExcellent 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. Expand
  4. Dec 11, 2010
    9
    More of a horror film than a documentary, this film should be seen by every American to better understand this absolutely **** economicMore of a horror film than a documentary, this film should be seen by every American to better understand this absolutely **** economic climate we are apart of. Absolutely one of the best docs of 2010, if the not the very best. Expand
  5. 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 withinThis 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. Expand
  6. May 28, 2011
    8
    A great documentary that affects one in a detached and personal manner at the same time. In a detached sense, the facts are presented in aA great documentary that affects one in a detached and personal manner at the same time. In a detached sense, the facts are presented in a clear, entertaining way. The viewer is able to understand mostly, if not completely, the ticking time bomb that became an economic crisis. The personal affectation occurs when one realizes that all these actions actually occurred. The documentary does become a little one-sided as it steers the viewer down an assumed single solution path of "regulation". It opts not to explore how the Free Market could have corrected herself by allowing all the corporations (and people) involved to fail, and as a result would have naturally, yet harshly, changed everything from bank lending to credit default swaps. Expand
  7. Mar 26, 2011
    0
    Interesting, but utterly boring and overgeneralizing. Nothing new is being revealed, by now, we all know what happened. In addition, there isInteresting, but utterly boring and overgeneralizing. Nothing new is being revealed, by now, we all know what happened. In addition, there is no way to regulate the economy anyway, people will always find ways to make money. Expand

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