The End Of Poverty
The End Of Poverty (2008)

The aphorism "The poor are always with us" dates back to the New Testament, but while the phrase is still sadly apt in the 21st century, few seem to be able to explain why poverty is so widespread. Activist filmmaker Philippe Diaz… More

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Release Date: April 27, 2010
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Critic Score: 55% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic

Even if you're convinced by the many well-spoken interviewees, the film's conclusion is almost as depressing as the historical indictment that precedes it.

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Neil Genzlinger
New York Times

Why Philippe Diaz has titled his new documentary The End of Poverty? is unclear, because this guilt trip/history lesson is really about the beginning of poverty.

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

A confrontational documentary by neo-Marxist director Phillippe Diaz that explores the inconvenient truth that the gears of capitalism are greased by the exploitation of the weak.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Because Diaz constructs his movie like a classroom tutorial, we expect something more from him than an appeal to end privatization.

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Nathan Rabin
AV Club

The End Of Poverty? offers simplistic answers to many of the most pressing questions of our time.

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Rachel Gordon
Filmcritic.com

so stuck in the self-importance of covering the economically disadvantaged that it thoroughly loses the ability to show how the circumstances evolved to such a state.

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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com

Powerful and upsetting.

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Aaron Hillis
Time Out New York

It's heartbreaking, of course, but also crassly manipulative and blandly shot, too.

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Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

A didactic documentary that covers ground already trampled to death by countless other films, books, magazine articles, and grad-student theses.

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Walter M.
"The End of Poverty?" is a documentary that starts well enough in telling the history of colonial exploitation which began in 1492 and simply went… More