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Betting on Zero

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Theodore Braun

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About the Movie

From ‘Darfur Now’ writer/director Ted Braun comes a riveting docu-thriller following controversial hedge fund titan Bill Ackman as he puts a billion dollars on the line in his crusade to expose Herbalife as the largest pyramid scheme in history. Herbalife claims Ackman is simply a market manipulator out to make a fortune from short-selling their stock, but Ackman insists Herbalife deliberately targets low-income and immigrant communities and robs them of their life savings. Herbalife is joined on the counterattack by longtime Ackman nemesis (and fellow Wall Street billionaire) Carl Icahn, while Ackman finds an unlikely ally in Chicago activist Julie Contreras, who rallies the Latino community to get the Federal government to intervene. Blending tales of high-stakes corporate intrigue with working-class people caught in the crossfire, Braun paints a stirring picture of the American Dream gone wrong.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 15
  • Fresh: 15
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 7.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Mr. Ackman comes across as sincere in his outrage and cogent in his presentations. Even more valuable is the opportunity to meet and learn about Herbalife's purported victims, from Queens to Chicago to Oklahoma. – Ben Kenigsberg, New York Times, Mar 16, 2017

Fresh: It all adds up to a timely, provocative and absorbing tale of money, power and a search for the truth. – Gary Goldstein, Los Angeles Times, Mar 16, 2017

Fresh: Betting on Zero is a well-done if not stylistically distinctive nonfiction effort that nonetheless proves fascinating due to its subject matter. – Frank Scheck, Hollywood Reporter, Mar 24, 2017

Fresh: The situation is heartbreaking and frustrating. But the film is so persuasive that it could help finally tank Herbalife's shares and validate Ackman's gamble - possibly preventing thousands of others. – Daphne Howland, Village Voice, Mar 15, 2017

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Customer Reviews

Betting On Zero could be Best Documentary 2018

This is a truly great documentary. Betting on Zero gets it right. It doesn't pick sides--it lets the facts dictate the action. Ted Braun lays it all out there and by the end you figure out what's really going on. There's amazing Wall Street intrigue and testimonials from everyday Americans that ring true. This may be the best Wall Street movie ever made, but it's really a film about the American Dream, how fragile a thing it really is, and how it's worth fighting for.

Great telling of a largely hidden and widely misunderstood story

This movie hits the truth of Herbalife hard profiling its largely hidden victims and telling the misunderstood Wall St. story.

Riveting, enlightening and truly thought-provoking movie

This movie symbolizes perfectly what is wrong with 21st century capitalism, namely the incredible schism between the haves and have-nots.
I highly recommend it!

Betting on Zero
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  • $9.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2017

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