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  • Summary: The United States faces an enemy of epic proportions. It's not something you can see on CNN or YouTube. It's not as overtly in your face as wars, natural disasters or terrorism. But this invisible, insidious monster is rapidly growing into a behemoth, threatening to spark an unthinkableThe United States faces an enemy of epic proportions. It's not something you can see on CNN or YouTube. It's not as overtly in your face as wars, natural disasters or terrorism. But this invisible, insidious monster is rapidly growing into a behemoth, threatening to spark an unthinkable catastrophe that will impact the future of the nation and the lives of every single American, no matter who you are. (Roadside Attractions) Expand
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 18
  2. Negative: 1 out of 18
  1. If they handed out an Academy Award for Most Gripping Graphs and Charts, this film would take it.
  2. 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    80
    Highly informative documentary reps a heady mix of charts, graphs and talking heads... superb packaging and timely subject matter.
  4. George W. Bush is hammered for doubling the debt load with his high-spending, low-taxing ways.
  5. Does about as good a job as any film could be expected to.
  6. Equal parts enlightening and alarming.
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    10
    One graphic that I.O.U.S.A. doesn't include is a national balance sheet of our assets and liabilities, which would illustrate that the former is more than double the latter. We're in the black, and a film this deep in the red isn't something to be scared of at all -- or taken seriously.

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