I.O.U.S.A. (2008)

"I.O.U.S.A." examines the rapidly growing national debt and its consequences for the United States and its citizens. As the Baby Boomer generation prepares to retire, will there even be any Social Security benefits left to… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: August 22, 2008
DVD Release Date: April 7, 2009
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A potent and lithely constructed documentary about America's financial crisis, I.O.U.S.A grabs you with figures but holds you with irreverent wit.

Dave Calhoun
Time Out

This solid doc reminds us how unsustainable the current American economy is.

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Jason Anderson
Toronto Star

I.O.U.S.A. is a clear, cogent and compelling primer on contemporary American economics and the not-so-small matter of how we ended up at the edge of a precipice.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Bottom line: The party's over. There's no such thing as a free lunch. America itself may be a bubble.

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Tom Long
Detroit News

A movie that should be seen by everyone.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

A documentary about the U.S. addiction to debt, I.O.U.S.A. could have easily taken the title of another movie released this week, What Just Happened?

Simon Foster

If more people had watched this film, they might still have their houses.

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Richard Nilsen
Arizona Republic

You will not likely forget the Jeremiad it presents about how the United States has been living on borrowed money -- and borrowed time -- for decades and now is presenting the bill for our extravagance to our grandchildren.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

If this week's headlines have failed to convince you that the United States is on the verge of an economic meltdown, Patrick Creadon's scary new documentary, I.O.U.S.A., will demolish any lingering doubts.

Matthew Turner

Well made, informative and genuinely terrifying documentary, in which the use of humour can't quite diminish the spectre of doom and gloom.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Edward Boxler
A very in depth documentary that breaks down America's economic problem into layman's terms and emphasizes just how big this problem is. The true… More
Sarah Prisbylla
A great wake-up call. The unfortunate part is I'm sure only a very small fraction of the American public has seen this film, let alone even know this… More
Curtis Lilly
We're screwed. I like how people in the government spend our tax money on $450 tatoos, $20,000 Hawaiian vacations, and Girls Gone Wild videos. The sad… More
Grifty G
This is a doc that every person should see. We've all heard our whole life about the national debt and how it's really bad, but this film really… More
Rico Zamora
This documentary is very good at breaking things down for the layman who knows our economy is broken--but doesn't understand the specifics. I knew that we… More