Payback (2012)

Margaret Atwood's visionary work Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth is the basis for this riveting and poetic documentary on "debt" in its various forms-societal, personal, environmental, spiritual, criminal, and of… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: April 25, 2012
DVD Release Date: August 21, 2012
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Critic Score: 73% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Mark Feeney
Boston Globe

There's a splendid audacity in Baichwal trying to bring to the screen something as idea-driven as Atwood's book.

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Noel Murray
AV Club

Adapting non-fiction to cinema can be tricky even for a documentarian, but Jennifer Baichwal makes a game effort at turning Margaret Atwood's book-length essay Payback: Debt And The Shadow Side Of Wealth into a movie.

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Nora Lee Mandel
Maven's Nest

Brings to life serious discussions of philosophical issues through impassioned case studies [but] works too hard for an upbeat ending.

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V.A. Musetto
New York Post

Baichwal could have devoted a single film to just BP's disgraceful behavior.

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Andrew Schenker
Time Out

Despite trying to fit both the ancient Albanian Kanun legal code and the fate of the environment on the same procrustean bed, Baichwal's free-flowing essay film stands as a thoughtful and compelling meditation on global interconnectivity...

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

An earnest and edifying documentary on the philosophical and ethical ramifications of debt as something owed.

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Mark Jenkins

Ultimately, this intriguing but scattershot movie turns on the incompatibility of two worldviews - the corporate-financial vs. the environmental-spiritual.

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A.O. Scott
New York Times

You can't help feeling that the movie owed its subject - and its audience - a bit more.

Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Makes similar points as several other docs, but in a more labored and tedious way.

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John Ballantine
Baichwal continues to disappoint me. In this case, her net is cast too broadly regarding the issue of debts. You get the sense that any of the topics would… More