I.O.U.S.A.

Metascore
70

Generally favorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18

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Critic Reviews

  1. If they handed out an Academy Award for Most Gripping Graphs and Charts, this film would take it.
  2. 88
    It accomplishes an amazing thing. It explains the national debt, the foreign trade deficit, the decrease in personal savings, how the prime interest rate works, and the weakness of our leaders.
  3. There's no quick fix for a culture "addicted to debt," as one wag puts it in the film. But watching I.O.U.S.A. is a good place to start.
  4. 83
    An informative and frightening documentary.
  5. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    80
    Highly informative documentary reps a heady mix of charts, graphs and talking heads... superb packaging and timely subject matter.
  6. This smartly assembled wake-up call concerning the nation's lousy spending habits proves to be as unexpectedly spirited as it is dispiriting.
  7. 80
    They deliver a clear and compelling primer on the federal budget deficit, the trade deficit, and the personal debt crisis, all of which are driving our country toward a catastrophic financial meltdown.
  8. 75
    Packed with facts, figures and the testimony of policy experts, the film is no wallow in wonkiness, though, but a surprisingly sprightly tough-love lesson in fiscal responsibility.
  9. 75
    Though the filmmaking is playful at times, the film is essentially 90 percent message, 10 percent movie.
  10. Does about as good a job as any film could be expected to.
  11. It's this year's "An Inconvenient Truth."
  12. George W. Bush is hammered for doubling the debt load with his high-spending, low-taxing ways.
  13. 75
    Although the movie is unabashedly alarming, it's also intelligent fun.
  14. Equal parts enlightening and alarming.

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