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Carlos Menem was the president of Argentina between 1989 and 1999; under his administration, many of the nation's public works were privatized, and the nation's peso was linked to the value of the American dollar. When the nation quickly fell into debt, the International Monetary Fund stepped in to give the nation massive loans -- a tactic that only sent Argentina deeper into the hole, as the government struggled to pay the interest on their notes. The results were little short of disastrous, sending the economy into a tailspin and forcing much of Argentina's industry to shut down.… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Neither slick nor sophisticated, but inspiring nonetheless."
‑ , Time Out
"A success story? Yes, according to the Movement of Recovered Companies. No, according to the owners and the courts."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A paean to the resiliency of the human spirit."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"Rousing as it is, you can't help feeling at times that the filmmakers have reduced a complex situation to a black and white."
‑ Matthew Leyland, BBC.com
"Makes one wish Argentina finds a way out of its habitual vulnerability to petty tyrants whose principal vision seems to be self empowerment through corrupt favoritism."
‑ Jules Brenner, Cinema Signals
"The Take plays out like a Frank Capra movie with the 'little people' taking on corrupt and indifferent officials. In the process the film strikes a strong blow for the dignity of labor and introduces an array of brave individuals."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"A balance of fact and fury."
‑ Jonathan Curiel, San Francisco Chronicle
"Politically powerful, but filmically flawed."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"An extraordinarily stirring film that should resonate even with the fairly internationally isolated American audience."
‑ Tim Cogshell, Boxoffice Magazine
"A deeply flawed work about a worthy subject."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"This film puts a pained human face on the cost of the corporate status quo."
‑ Ernest Hardy, L.A. Weekly
"Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein's film is antiglobalist advocacy journalism of the most muddled and romanticized stripe, almost dangerously naive in its simplistic presentation of complex political events."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Anyone sympathetic with the political viewpoint presented here will find much to admire in the energy and optimism of both the filmmakers and their subjects"
‑ Urban Cinefile Critics, Urban Cinefile
"Sua parcialidade ˇbvia compromete um pouco a credibilidade, mas, no geral, o filme traša um painel revoltante sobre os efeitos nocivos da polÝtica econ˘mica imposta pelo FMI."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"A well-made, informative look at events during and after the 2001 collapse of the Argentine economy."
‑ Marc Mohan, Oregonian
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