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Maxed Out

Not Rated In Theaters 03/9/2007 , 86min.
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May 22, 2008
thecadean
This is a must watch video for everyone that has ever had a credit card. It simply sums up the American economy and how its final dance with destiny will be played out. As an issuer of campus cards and a VP on Wall St for 25 years I see many very sobering facts in this movie. No one will want to confront the growing crises, especially the government, before it's too late. Can you say Credit

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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
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. Full Review
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
A riveting, amusing, enlightening and emotionally affecting movie by a guy you've never heard of, about -- wait for it -- the consumer debt crisis. Full Review
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
Scurlock barely acknowledges the logical reality of any credit card transaction: If you choose to buy something, you will have to pay for it eventually. Full Review
Joe Leydon
Variety
Intelligent, informative and unusually entertaining documentary errs only when it yanks too insistently on heartstrings while focusing on worst-case scenarios involving desperate debtors driven to suicide. Full Review
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
Scurlock's documentary serves up cautionary tales of epic abuse, though the overall tone is faux cheerful and sometimes genuinely entertaining. Full Review

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