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The Divide (2016)

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Katharine Round

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About the Movie

'The Divide' tells the story of 7 individuals striving for a better life in the modern day US and UK - where the top 0.1% owns as much wealth as the bottom 90%. By plotting these tales together, we uncover how virtually every aspect of our lives is controlled by one factor: the size of the gap between rich and poor. This isn’t based on real life. This is real life. Wall Street psychologist Alden wants to make it to the top 1%; KFC worker Leah from Richmond, Virginia just wants to make it through the day; Jennifer in Sacramento, California doesn’t even talk to the neighbours in her upscale gated community – they’ve made it clear to her she isn’t “their kind”. By weaving these stories with archive news stories from 1979 to the present day, 'The Divide' creates a lyrical, psychological and tragi-comic picture of how economic division creates social division. The film is inspired by the critically-acclaimed, best-selling book “The Spirit Level” by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 11
  • Fresh: 11
  • Rotten: 0
  • Average Rating: 7.3/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: A fierce, unsettling film. – Peter Bradshaw, Guardian, Apr 21, 2016

Fresh: Round is preaching to the choir, but the sermon is worth listening to. – Phil W. Bayles, Little White Lies, Apr 21, 2016

Fresh: The intimate approach makes for a more emotional experience than your average state-of-the-economy doc. – Tom Huddleston, Time Out, Apr 19, 2016

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Customer Reviews

Self pity doesn't get you anywhere.

Unnecessary sobbing story of several misguided that lays down the ground work for socialist brain conditioning. You can sum it up with "reap what you sow" phrase. Universal lesson is unaltered. Live below your means and stop blaming the world.

Be prepared for strong bias

This movie sets out to make the audience think that all financially successful people are the "enemy" of all those with financial problems and are hence the reason they are struggling. There are legitimate issues regarding poverty, regulation and economics that could be debated, but the broad stroke this documentary painted all of wall street, CEOs and people who drive “BMWs” as bad guys is just not true or productive.


A good use of iCloud space for this movie. 🙂

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  • $8.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2016

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