Waging a Living
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This thought-provoking documentary tests the mantra "get a job" to see whether low-wage jobholders -- otherwise known as the "working poor" -- can pull themselves and their families out of poverty. Filmed in California, New York and New Jersey over a three-year period, the film tracks the ups and downs of four ethnically diverse Americans living below the poverty line as they face a persistent struggle to make ends meet.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The intent of Waging a Living is to inspire outrage, and to an extent it succeeds."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"One comes away not quite knowing what Weisberg wants to say with his occasional statistics laid over loosely edited, perfunctory video footage."
‑ Hazel-Dawn Dumpert, L.A. Weekly
"Powerfully done, alarming, and couldn't be more timely"
‑ Les Wright, culturevulture.net
"Should be required viewing for every concerned citizen."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"Doing the math in hopes of gaining on the American Dream is becoming less like arithmetic and more like some advanced course in magical calculus."
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"It makes it points subtly and intelligently."
‑ Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter
"While there are occasional glimpses of hope, this is an often depressing view of where the last decades of rising conservative power have taken us."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
"Provocative look at America's working poor, though some basic questions are strangely not addressed."
‑ Phil Hall, Film Threat
"Through sensitive, in-depth profiles of four workers, Weisberg drives home the point that hard-working men and women with full-time jobs find themselves and their families trapped in a seemingly endless cycle of poverty."
‑ Kevin Crust, Los Angeles Times
"Weisberg is nonjudgmental, allowing his subjects to deliver the message that, for far too many people, the American dream is more of a nightmare."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Director Roger Weisberg presents plenty of sobering statistics, but it's his ability to get honest, sometimes heartbreaking human stories onscreen that makes this compelling viewing."
‑ , E! Online
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