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Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 9
  2. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. Reviewed by: Bill Stamets
    Sep 19, 2013
    75
    [An] informing if not inflaming documentary.
  2. Reviewed by: Kevin Jagernauth
    Sep 6, 2013
    75
    With a blitz of talking heads and graphs and technical jargon, Money For Nothing can be exhausting viewing at times, and it's certainly not the most cinematic experience... But it's never unclear.
  3. Reviewed by: Geoff Berkshire
    Sep 19, 2013
    70
    A thoughtful, detailed chronicle of the Fed’s origins, responsibilities and shifting monetary policies.
  4. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Feb 20, 2014
    63
    Actor Liev Schreiber’s voice-over narration is filled with sonorous urgency, but as the film’s commentators acknowledge, some ideas are a hard sell: How do politicians and regulators convince the public on the benefits of a financial diet when a spending spree sounds much more fun?
  5. Reviewed by: John DeFore
    Sep 11, 2013
    60
    Money for Nothing feels less prophetic than generally handwringing -- it's just enough to produce vague worry in the unschooled without moving policymakers to do anything they're not already doing.
  6. Reviewed by: Michael Nordine
    Sep 10, 2013
    60
    Bruce may succeed in making you wary of the Fed, but, unfortunately, he's also likely to make you wary of his film.
  7. Reviewed by: Mark Feeney
    Sep 19, 2013
    50
    The best thing about Money for Nothing is the many talking heads trying to explain what monetary policy is and what the Fed does: controlling the supply of money and, with any luck, guiding the economy.
  8. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Sep 13, 2013
    50
    The film is less a look into the Fed’s head than a presentation of its history, going back even farther than its creation in 1913, in response to a series of early 20th-century banking panics.
  9. Reviewed by: Neil Genzlinger
    Sep 12, 2013
    50
    The film doesn’t really live up to its subtitle. There is little sense of what kinds of debates take place at board meetings or how pressure is applied behind closed doors.

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