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Capitalism: A Love Story Review

  • Release Date: Oct 02, 2009
  • Rated: Some Language
  • Runtime: 2 hr. 7 min.
  • Genres: Documentary
  • Director:Michael Moore

Movies.com Critics

3.5

Dave White Profile

We all got robbed. But you knew that. Read full review

Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0
    61

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    This is a typical Moore oeuvre: funny, often over the top and of dubious documentation, but with strongly made points that leave viewers much to ponder and debate after they walk out of the theater.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    A freewheeling denunciation of the capitalist system that is often mordantly funny and, by lurching turns, scornful, rambling, repetitive, impassioned, mock-lofty, pseudo-lowbrow, faux-naïve, persuasive, tabloid-shameless and agit-prop-powerful.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Impassioned, informative and entertaining, if sometimes repetitive.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    At its best, Capitalism: A Love Story is a searing outcry against the excesses of a cutthroat time. At its worst, it's dorm-room Marxism.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 14+

Docu on corporate misdeeds names names, makes mistakes.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that, like all of Michael Moore's documentaries, this film has a very definite point of view. Moore has come in for criticism about how he handles the juxtaposition of factual analysis and opinion. Viewers need to think about what is analysis and information and what is editorial opinion. The movie's R rating is for language (the worst of which is three uses of "f--k"); you can also expect frequent discussion of death, dying, and hard times. Many corporations are mentioned by name, usually in the context of calling out their misbehavior.

  • Families can talk about the essential issue raised by the film -- why is there such a gulf between "haves" and "have-nots" in America? Is the capitalist system irreparably broken?
  • Is there such a thing as a truly objective documentary? Do you think Moore is more or less effective at making his arguments by having an obvious point of view?
  • Is Michael Moore is one of the best-known documentary filmmakers in America because of the quality of his work or the press coverage he receives from enraging his enemies?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: The film offers a clear, concise analysis of the current financial crisis that encourages discussion of the nature of capitalism and the question of how, or if, those in society who are better off can -- and should -- give to and support others.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: Viewers meet a number of hardworking Americans coping with tough times with dignity ... and also see acts of greed and conspicuous consumerism.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence: Discussions of death, dying, and illness; implied threats of violence. Footage of plane crashes.

  • sex false1

    Sex: Some suggestive language.

  • language false3

    Language: Intermittent strong language, mostly within the interviews that Moore conducts. Words include "screw," "crap," "hell," "s--t," and three uses of "f--k."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Some film clips show people drinking alcohol.

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