Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve
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Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve
MONEY FOR NOTHING is a feature-length documentary about the Federal Reserve - made by a Team of AFI, Sundance, and Academy Award winners - that seeks to unveil America's central bank and its impact on our economy and our society. Current and former top economists, financial historians, and investors and traders provide unprecedented access and take viewers behind the curtain to debate the future of the world's most powerful financial institution. Digging beneath the surface of the 2008 crisis, Money For Nothing is the first film to ask why so many facets of our financial system seemed… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 70%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Wonky, both in its fascination with policy, and in its eccentrically dry tone ..."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"The subtitle declares rather than alludes. It is what it is, as Bill Belichick (that gridiron Ben Bernanke) would say, bluntly informing what the movie is about."
‑ Mark Feeney, Boston Globe
"Possibly too appealing and accessible to be taken seriously enough for impact. But at least it's entertaining and informative to a degree for us layfolk."
‑ Christopher Campbell, Nonfics
"News flash: People are buying stuff they can't afford. There, now you don't have to bother."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"It's generally compelling, even if the film seems to target the financially savvy more than the working-class folks who are most affected by the events it chronicles."
‑ Todd Jorgenson,
"It all feels more suited to the classroom than a movie theatre when Schreiber details how raising interest rates slows economic activity, or how the Fed became "banker to the world.""
‑ Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
"Thumbing through this flip-book of experts - some seem better credentialed than others - can be a blur, but their cautioning about a Greek-style government debt bubble is hard to ignore."
‑ Martin Tsai, Los Angeles Times
"Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve is a well-informed, reasoned critique of the Fed, and its role as an enabler in the recent financial crises."
‑ Nathalie Atkinson, National Post
"It's immensely educational...and dry as a soda cracker."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
"The film would seem a likelier candidate for a PBS slot than a theatrical release, particularly in the first history-heavy section. Nor does Bruce offer much by way of specific, novel solutions."
‑ Greg Evans, Bloomberg News
"Money For Nothing lacks the rush of Rush, but you still might find your pulse racing and your blood boiling by the film's end."
‑ Ricardo Baca, Denver Post
"A thoughtful, detailed chronicle of the Fed's origins, responsibilities and shifting monetary policies."
‑ Geoff Berkshire, Variety
"That Bruce could muster anything even remotely engaging about this subject is a clear testament to his filmmaking skill."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
"There's a gut-punch sadness to the movie -- a melancholic dawning. While enlightening as it relates specifically to the Fed, its chief lesson is evident in other walks of life: money talks, and a well-heeled elite class has a private line."
‑ Brent Simon, Shared Darkness
"It resembles a decent academic lecture on the subject...interesting, if hardly scintillating."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
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