Maxed Out: Hard Times, Easy Credit and the Era of Predatory Lenders Image

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  • Summary: Maxed Out takes viewers on a journey deep inside the American style of debt, where things seem fine as long as the minimum monthly payment arrives on time. With coverage that spans from small American towns all the way to the White House, the film shows how the modern financial industry really works, explains the true definition of "preferred customer" and tells us why the poor are getting poorer while the rich keep getting richer. Hilarious, shocking and incisive, Maxed Out paints a picture of a national nightmare which is all too real for most of us. (Red Envelope Entertainment) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. 80
    Scurlock does well to counter the more dire aspects of the film with a razor-sharp sense of humor.
  2. 80
    Another strong journalistic-style film, this one exposes how unbelievably rapacious the financial industries have become in extending credit to unlikely prospects -- among them college students, nursing-home residents, small children, dogs and dead people.
  3. Reviewed by: Sally Foster
    At a time when our debt as individuals and as a nation is at an all-time high, Maxed Out offers a much needed look at this escalating dilemma.
  4. Reviewed by: Josh Rosenblatt
    Like Michael Moore and Morgan Spurlock (Super Size Me) before him, Scurlock sets his sights on vast money-motivated conspiracies and doesn't rest until he finds them.
  5. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    James Scurlock's documentary horror show has a critical message to impart -- your credit cards are out to kill you -- and a naive, ham - handed way of imparting it.
  6. 25
    All the film provides is this bulletin: Lefties are angry about the things Lefties are angry about, chiefly corporate profits.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 1 out of 3

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