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  • 60
    John DeFore The Hollywood Reporter

    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. show more

  • 75
    Bill Stamets Chicago Sun-Times

    [An] informing if not inflaming documentary. show more

  • 63
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    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? show more

  • 50
    Mark Feeney Boston Globe

    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. show more

  • 75
    Kevin Jagernauth The Playlist

    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. show more

  • 70
    Geoff Berkshire Variety

    A thoughtful, detailed chronicle of the Fed’s origins, responsibilities and shifting monetary policies. show more

  • 60
    Village Voice

    Bruce may succeed in making you wary of the Fed, but, unfortunately, he's also likely to make you wary of his film. show more

  • 50
    Neil Genzlinger The New York Times

    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. show more

  • 50
    Michael O'Sullivan Washington Post

    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. show more

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