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Payback

HD   PG Closed Captioning

Jennifer Baichwal

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About the Movie

Based on Margaret Atwood’s best-selling book Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth, this thought-provoking film offers a comprehensive outlook on debt in its various forms—societal, personal, environmental, spiritual, criminal, and economic. Filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal (Manufactured Landscapes) exposes surprising debtor/creditor relationships and traces how debt influences societies, governing structures and the fate of the planet.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews

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73%
  • Reviews Counted: 15
  • Fresh: 11
  • Rotten: 4
  • Average Rating: 6.1/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Rotten: You can't help feeling that the movie owed its subject - and its audience - a bit more. – A.O. Scott, New York Times, Apr 24, 2012

Fresh: A rarefied conceptual docu that will appeal to a limited but highly appreciative audience. – Rob Nelson, Variety, Feb 6, 2012

Fresh: Cinematic globe-trotting doesn't necessarily trump reading a good book, it turns out; then again, more movies should be burdened with the flaw of being too intellectually curious. – Mark Holcomb, Village Voice, Apr 24, 2012

Fresh: Ultimately, this intriguing but scattershot movie turns on the incompatibility of two worldviews - the corporate-financial vs. the environmental-spiritual. – Mark Jenkins, NPR, Apr 26, 2012

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