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  • Summary: A former banker in Germany, who entered the business with the advent of modern computer systems reminisces about his years in some of the world-leading banking corporations.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Reviewed by: Jay Weissberg
    Jun 12, 2014
    90
    Less a portrait of an individual than of an unchecked culture where the lure of staggering profits eliminates ethics, Universe subtly exposes the pernicious effects of deregulation and does so in an ingeniously cinematic manner.
  2. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Jun 1, 2014
    75
    Marc Bauder's documentary quietly detonates the conservative notion that our largest corporations should be allowed to duke it out in metaphorical no-holds-barred cage matches.
  3. Reviewed by: Alan Scherstuhl
    Jun 3, 2014
    70
    Bauder's film is a diagnosis of a system that is hopelessly sick and not being treated. Bring a stress ball to squish up as you watch.
  4. Reviewed by: Nicolas Rapold
    Jun 5, 2014
    70
    Mr. Voss’s metaphors pile up helplessly: Finance is like being in the army, like catching a virus and as hard to grasp as quantum particles. The film in which he appears is a vertiginous look inside the bubble behind the financial bubble, with no end in sight.
  5. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Jun 5, 2014
    60
    Meditative, glossy doc provides some glimpses behind the curtain but isn't terribly enlightening.

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