Waging a Living
Waging a Living (2005)

Compelling, and sometimes heartbreaking, "Waging a Living" chronicles the frustrating lives of four low-wage earners over three years. Included: a nursing assistant who supports three children as well as the kids of her oldest… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 26, 2006
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Critic Score: 92% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

The intent of Waging a Living is to inspire outrage, and to an extent it succeeds.

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Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
L.A. Weekly

One comes away not quite knowing what Weisberg wants to say with his occasional statistics laid over loosely edited, perfunctory video footage.

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Les Wright
culturevulture.net

Powerfully done, alarming, and couldn't be more timely

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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post

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.

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Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter

It makes it points subtly and intelligently.

Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat

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.

Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times

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.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Weisberg is nonjudgmental, allowing his subjects to deliver the message that, for far too many people, the American dream is more of a nightmare.

E! Online

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.

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