American Casino
American Casino (2009)

"I don't think most people really understood that they were in a casino" says award-winning financial reporter Mark Pittman. "When you're in the Street's casino, you've got to play by their rules." This… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 2, 2009
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Critic Score: 71% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: American Casino presents the causes and effects of the American banking crisis with just enough clarity and rage to overcome its flaws.

Jonathan F. Richards
Film.com

The Cockburns paint a picture of a financial world devoid of morality and scruples, a culture in which reckless disregard of reason and caution led to a towering house of cards that could only come crashing down.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

The documentary details in no-nonsense, talking-head style how commercial and investment banks moved high-risk mortgages out into the economy, dumping debt and reaping profits in the process.

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Michael Sragow
Baltimore Sun

It's a nightmare that starts like a normal daytime drive and ends in a vortex-like sinkhole.

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Dan Kois
Washington Post

As Leslie Cockburn's camera roams the foreclosed rowhouses of Baltimore, their planked-up doors reminiscent of shots from The Wire, I thought: Baltimore needs some good PR.

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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times

A lopsided, visually uninspired film that works best when it eschews the complex numbers-crunching of its financial industry pundits and whistle-blowers to profile the everyday victims of the crisis.

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Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix

Putting a face on the incomprehensible figures, the film takes a look at some of the victims, middle-class professionals who bought into the dream of home ownership and lost everything.

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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe

Much of the final two-thirds of the documentary can have a TV newsmagazine feel: solidly presented, but not shaped to a larger end. As self-righteousness sets in, however justified, so does a certain artistic slackness.

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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com

This film stands as an intimate, terrifying document that renders an incomprehensible slice of recent history in human terms.

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Sarah Boslaugh
Playback:stl

If there's an overarching theme it's that people respond to incentives and so regulation of the financial market is necessary to see that the incentives offered are not perverse.

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