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Capital in the Twenty-First Century Reviews

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May 9, 2020
The extensive film clips offer familiar entertainment, convenient references, and connective tissues, but little in terms of substance.
May 1, 2020
The film prefers the illusion of intellectual rigor over the real thing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
May 1, 2020
The film remarkably manages to cover the development of capitalism from its 18th-century beginnings through the fallout of the 2008 housing crisis without slogging.
May 1, 2020
Pemberton delivers his message with a canny pop sensibility, and, crucially, provides a few glimmers of hope.
May 12, 2020
Speaks to the collective anger we all feel at the myriad systems failing us in such a critical time of need.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
May 12, 2020
Thoroughly entertaining and informative, but really shines in its charming use of movie clips to depict historical income and class disparity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
June 5, 2020
The new doc takes Thomas Piketty's book about the history of global wealth and power, boils it in a cinematic spoon, and injects it straight into your eyeballs. It does not feel good! But feeling good is so "pre-2016" anyway.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 5, 2020
This film serves as a reminder of what lessons we have to learn from our political & economic history. It reminds us that if we don't heed the warning signs from history that led us down the wrong path, we may be doomed to go there all over again.
May 9, 2020
It's a shot in the arm, a snap to attention that articulates-if you can keep up with it-just how we got to here.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
April 30, 2020
Justin Pemberton's new documentary, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, takes a potentially dry academic discourse and turns it into a vibrant, cinematic experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
October 10, 2019
It summarises the book without dumbing the content, but remains watchable and entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
April 30, 2020
Like its source material, Pemberton's film takes a wide view of the last three centuries in order to argue that the system itself has never been as flawed as the people who try to rig it in their favor.
Full Review | Original Score: B
March 9, 2020
Pinketty's argument, that the feudalism and exploitation that Marx was decrying 150 years ago has returned, is worth hearing out in this lively, information-packed and damning documentary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
April 30, 2020
It's a massive achievement, turning this weighty volume into enthralling cinema.
April 24, 2020
Justin Pemberton's film version of Thomas Piketty's landmark book on the dangers of today's yawning income inequality is more TED Talk than documentary, but it's a handy summary nonetheless.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
May 3, 2020
A breezy treatment of the issues raised in Piketty's book, although the pop culture references are a bit too cute.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 1, 2020
Based on the bestselling non-fiction book by economist Thomas Piketty, this important documentary uses a playful tone to balance its complex language, but the ultimate outlook is still pretty bleak.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
May 1, 2020
A smart and eye-opening look at the current worldwide financial situation from its dubious past to its shaky future.
April 28, 2020
Perhaps one of the most compelling aspects of Pemberton's documentary is a psychological study that was done with hundreds of Monopoly players...
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 4, 2020
the insightful and entertaining way that Pemberton and company deliver this message of doom gives me hope that some influential eyes can be open to make that change. Nah, that is not going to happen.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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