Maxed Out
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Per its title, James D. Scurlock's virulently angry muckraking documentary Maxed Out examines the many problems associated with escalating U.S. consumer debt. Scurlock places his weightiest emphasis on the ends of the spectrum rooted in extreme evil (read: abuse) -- such as the capital lenders who wheedle poor farm families into assuming unmanageable loans and college students into placing massive amounts on credit cards. He also touches on the end rooted in extreme tragedy, such as the debtors who sink so far in over their heads that suicide represents the only conceivable out. The… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This muckraking documentary on America's personal-debt crisis lays bare the predatory practices of credit card companies and the Bush administration's cozy relationship with the financial services industry."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"This scattershot exposé of usurious banking practices examines why the most vulnerable segment of society is victimized by the lending industry and finds a simple answer: It's obscenely profitable."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Uma análise detalhada e preocupante sobre a política empregada pelas operadoras de cartões de crédito no intuito de manterem os clientes numa situação de endividamento constante - ou melh... pior: crescente."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"The propagandistic Maxed Out is ultimately undermined by the fact that, as vile as many of its corporate interviewees seem, its everyman subjects are often just as culpable in creating and perpetuating the whole mess."
‑ Stax, IGN Movies
"It's a slapdash affair... yet still winds up with a raw, gritty power."
‑ David Cornelius,
"Do not see this film if you worry about money."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"Maxed Out exposes the credit card sham for what it is, and fingers the hustlers who perpetuate it."
‑ Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press
"When it comes to credit, it pays to be informed."
‑ Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone,
"shines a light on one of the most pervasive (and potentially disastrous) problems affecting our society today"
‑ David Thomas,
"...the film will make you think twice about spending money you don't have."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Maxed Out focuses on how much we're in hock without ever really wondering why we need to buy."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"To maximize your return on this useful report, sit through the end credits where Spurlock deposits some of his best material."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times
"One of the most effective of the many recent agitprop documentaries."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"[A] dispiriting expose of predatory lending scams that mislead even smart, educated people and a credit-card industry that is designed... to work against the ordinary consumer..."
‑ MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher
"A much-needed wake-up call to face the fact that state-sanctioned usury and exorbitant late fees are destroying the prospects of working class citizens of ever achieving anything approaching the American Dream."
‑ Kam Williams,
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