Michael Moore's new documentary Capitalism: A Love Story is "an urgently important piece of work," said Marshall Fine in The Huffington Post. This time around, the director of Sicko, Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11, and Roger and Me takes on the current financial crisis, and the result is "a scathing indictment of modern America's 'me first' approach to the social contract" (watch the Capitalism: A Love Story trailer).
Capitalism: A Love Story "is raw and emotional" at times, said Michael Corkery in The Wall Street Journal, "regardless of Moore's politics." But it's too bad "Moore tells only part of the story." He doesn't bother to "criticize the homeowners who displayed their own greed in taking out unaffordable mortgages," and he "doesn't address the bailout of the auto industry, where his family once made its living."
All that Capitalism: A Love Story proves is that "demagoguery can come as easily from the Left as from the Right," said John Anderson in Newsday.com. Moore's new film is "a jerry-rigged jeremiad about free enterprise that hands up some very legitimate indictments, without really making a case." And Moore "has too much contempt for his audience to think they'd understand anything beyond the cartoonishness that is Capitalism."
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- How to be the most productive person in your office — and still get home by 5:30 p.m.
- 43 TV shows to watch in 2014
- How our botched understanding of 'science' ruins everything
- The science of sex: 4 harsh truths about dating and mating
- How U2 became the new Nickelback
- 6 things the happiest families all have in common
- Russia is stealthily threatening America with nuclear war
- America's most surprising banned books
- 13 Urban Outfitters controversies
- Save the world... by changing how you pee
Subscribe to the Week