The Shock Doctrine
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The team of Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross returns with their most intriguing provocation to date, an adaption of Naomi Klein's best-seller, which argues that U.S. "disaster capitalism" promotes its free-market agenda on the back of disasters, whether natural or manmade. A challenging, powerful vision of the world economy today.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 60%

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"This movie, clearly assembled in haste, throws surprisingly poor archival footage into the mix with a Klein lecture, scant original interviews and a narration from on high that will brook no dissent."
‑ Kirk Honeycutt, Hollywood Reporter
"Pure capitalism unmasked"
‑ S. James Wegg, JWR
"it's pretty clear even without further knowledge that tying every single ill in the modern world to Friedman's free market policies is being far too narrow minded"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"A stunning, exquisitely photographed and narrated diatribe against the excesses of capitalism."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"In a lucid way clears up how America is now in the midst of a severe financial crisis through questionable free market policies."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"A movie that describes the scorched earth policy associated with free market fundamentalism, continuing with the current occupant of the White House."
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"I'd recommend this most to younger audiences who are starting to take an interest in politics, and would be interested in a crash course on the last 30 years or so, at least from one particular perspective."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, Geekweek
"The worst that comes out of the documentary's final moments is the sense that Winterbottom and Whitecross ultimately don't know what their film is supposed to be about."
‑ Christopher Campbell, Cinematical
"The back story to the political and economic landscape of our times and the reasons why the rich are getting richer and the world is in such a mess."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"...an inherently compelling premise that's squandered virtually from start to finish..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
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