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  • Summary: This observational documentary chronicles the battle of four low-wage workers to lift their families out of poverty.
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  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Should be required viewing for every concerned citizen.
  2. Reviewed by: Jeannette Catsoulis
    Neither hectoring nor sanctimonious, the film plays like an illustrated version of Barbara Ehrenreich's recent best-seller "Nickel and Dimed," and has an editing style that's brisk and unexploitative.
  3. Reviewed by: Peter L'Official
    Weisberg, whose stripped-down style seems refreshing amid the current spate of super-produced docs, gives you what you want, if what you want are dismally deferred American Dreams and harsh economic realities. And you should.
  4. Intends to inspire outrage, and to an extent it succeeds.
  5. 70
    Waging A Living's biggest failing is that Weisberg gives his subjects too much of a pass when it comes to their bad past romantic and career choices.
  6. 70
    Through sensitive, in-depth profiles of four workers, Weisberg drives home the point that hard-working men and women with full-time jobs find themselves and their families trapped in a seemingly endless cycle of poverty.
  7. The lack of cohesion and conviction is disconcerting, and it allows the movie to veer dangerously close to exploitation. Its subjects -- and its viewers -- deserve more.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Andrea
    Oct 20, 2005
    This film was a gut-renching slap of reailty.
  2. [Anonymous]
    Jan 12, 2006
    Saw this movie in San Francisco this weekend along with a presentation by local organizations working on the problem--Springboard Forward and EARN. Movie was incredible and really made me think twice--people that I am with everyday and are working incredibly hard have lost all hope. Springboard Forward seems to be focusing on the working poor and helping them to recapture hope and empoewring them with skills and tools to advance out of poverty. Fascinating film EVERYONE SHOULD SEE and important to leave there and check out different solutions. Complicated/complex problem and it seems few are doing anything about it. Great to bring awarenss to the issue and entertaining at the same time. Expand

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