The Shock Doctrine
The Shock Doctrine (2009)

The team of Michael Winterbottom and Mat Whitecross returns with their most intriguing provocation to date, an adaption of Naomi Klein's best-seller, which argues that U.S. "disaster capitalism" promotes its free-market agenda… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 2009
DVD Release Date: October 17, 2011
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Critic Score: 64% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter

This movie, clearly assembled in haste, throws surprisingly poor archival footage into the mix with a Klein lecture, scant original interviews and a narration from on high that will brook no dissent.

S. James Wegg

Pure capitalism unmasked

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Christopher Null

it's pretty clear even without further knowledge that tying every single ill in the modern world to Friedman's free market policies is being far too narrow minded

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

In a lucid way clears up how America is now in the midst of a severe financial crisis through questionable free market policies.

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Louis Proyect

A movie that describes the scorched earth policy associated with free market fundamentalism, continuing with the current occupant of the White House.

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Luke Y. Thompson

I'd recommend this most to younger audiences who are starting to take an interest in politics, and would be interested in a crash course on the last 30 years or so, at least from one particular perspective.

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Christopher Campbell

The worst that comes out of the documentary's final moments is the sense that Winterbottom and Whitecross ultimately don't know what their film is supposed to be about.

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Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

The back story to the political and economic landscape of our times and the reasons why the rich are getting richer and the world is in such a mess.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews inherently compelling premise that's squandered virtually from start to finish...

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"The Shock Doctrine" is an insightful documentary that starts not so innocently enough back in the 1950's at McGill University where a… More