Skip to main content


Based on 20 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 1 )
  • 50
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    While the documentary does a credible job of pointing out the magnitude of the problem, it skirts the issue of what can be done about it and by whom. show more

  • 50
    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. show more

  • 63
    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. show more

  • 88
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    At times funny, but mostly tragic, Scurlock's film is important viewing for any who owns a credit card without realizing that it's a wallet time bomb. show more

  • 63
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    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. show more

  • 25
    Kyle Smith New York Post

    All the film provides is this bulletin: Lefties are angry about the things Lefties are angry about, chiefly corporate profits. show more

  • 70
    Film Threat

    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. show more

  • 67
    Austin Chronicle

    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. show more

  • 100
    William Arnold Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    Absorbing, scary documentary. show more

  • 75
    Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly

    Maxed Out, while occasionally muddled in its financial details, presents a more-accurate-than-not vision of a nation that is starting to look like a candidate for rehab, on both an individual and a national level, for its addiction to debt. show more

  • May 22, 2008 thecadean
    Report This User

    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 Crises 2007. If you don't think this can happen in the good old USA, just check the history books of 1929, and the worlds 2nd largest economy, Japan, 1993-current. Markets and economies never crash from a low. They get over exstended and quietly wilt away.....Watch Maxed Out

similar movies

  • Inside Job (2010)

  • The Corporation (2003)

  • Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room (2005)

  • The End of Poverty? (2008)

  • Capitalism: A Love Story (2009)

Stay Connected with Moviefone

Download the Free App!

My Settings

You are currently subscribed as: {email}


Get the latest reviews, movie news, photos, and trailers sent straight to your inbox.

Weekly Newsletter

Daily alerts


You're not following any movies.

These are the movies you’re currently following.

    Update settings