(2008)

Critic Reviews

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88
It accomplishes an amazing thing. It explains the national debt, the foreign trade deficit, the decrease in personal savings, how the prime interest rate works, and the weakness of our leaders.
88
Philadelphia Inquirer
There's no quick fix for a culture "addicted to debt," as one wag puts it in the film. But watching I.O.U.S.A. is a good place to start.
80
Highly informative documentary reps a heady mix of charts, graphs and talking heads... superb packaging and timely subject matter.
80
This smartly assembled wake-up call concerning the nation's lousy spending habits proves to be as unexpectedly spirited as it is dispiriting.
80
Chicago Reader
They deliver a clear and compelling primer on the federal budget deficit, the trade deficit, and the personal debt crisis, all of which are driving our country toward a catastrophic financial meltdown.
75
Chicago Tribune
Packed with facts, figures and the testimony of policy experts, the film is no wallow in wonkiness, though, but a surprisingly sprightly tough-love lesson in fiscal responsibility.
75
The A.V. Club
Though the filmmaking is playful at times, the film is essentially 90 percent message, 10 percent movie.
70
Equal parts enlightening and alarming.
60
Village Voice
Both a handy election primer and a bowel-rattling cry of fiscal doom.
50
Washington Post
There is a difference between the importance of a film's subject and the quality of a film's execution. And the execution is lacking. The film just isn't, well, very interesting.

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