Maxed Out
Maxed Out (2006)

Per its title, James D. Scurlock's virulently angry muckraking documentary Maxed Out examines the many problems associated with escalating U.S. consumer debt. Scurlock places his weightiest emphasis on the ends of the spectrum rooted in… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 10, 2006
DVD Release Date: June 5, 2007
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Critic Score: 88% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Maxed Out's presentation of startling facts and candid interviews put a human face on the issue of debt and financial insecurity.

J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

This muckraking documentary on America's personal-debt crisis lays bare the predatory practices of credit card companies and the Bush administration's cozy relationship with the financial services industry.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

This scattershot exposé of usurious banking practices examines why the most vulnerable segment of society is victimized by the lending industry and finds a simple answer: It's obscenely profitable.

Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

Uma análise detalhada e preocupante sobre a política empregada pelas operadoras de cartões de crédito no intuito de manterem os clientes numa situação de endividamento constante - ou melh... pior: crescente.

Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

Do not see this film if you worry about money.

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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press

Maxed Out exposes the credit card sham for what it is, and fingers the hustlers who perpetuate it.

Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone

When it comes to credit, it pays to be informed.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Maxed Out focuses on how much we're in hock without ever really wondering why we need to buy.

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Bill Stamets
Chicago Sun-Times

To maximize your return on this useful report, sit through the end credits where Spurlock deposits some of his best material.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

One of the most effective of the many recent agitprop documentaries.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Daniel Perry
A prophetic punch in the face to the credit card system that came years before someone (Obama) stepped in and changed the rules. I loved this movie for its… More
Sunil Jawahir
A decent effort but just feels like random interviews thrown together without exploring how people get to this point.
Curtis Lilly
I really don't see how this won so many awards. "Credit Card companies and banks are screwing us over?! NO WAY!?" I was wanting more insider… More
Sarah Prisbylla
I thought it was really well put together and informative. My only complaint was that it didn't highlight any people that abuse credit or bankruptcy and… More
Aldo Gandia
Donna and I are re-watching this five years after we first saw it. It's still highly relevant today and is a excellent teaching documentary on avoiding the… More
Wu Chouin
Depressing doc that helps explain some of America's massive debt problems.

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