Payback Synopsis
A study examines debt's influence on relationships, societies and government.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Payback is nothing if not brave. It's a documentary attempt to give concrete shape to an abstract discussion, using the medium of film to...
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63

Slant Magazine

By Bill Weber
This documentary on the many forms of human debt, though often frustratingly broad, offers a path to balancing civilization's ledger with a...
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63

Boston Globe

By Mark Feeney
Debt is bad, we can all agree, as is its conceptual cousin, greed. It would have been intellectually bracing, though, to have a Gordon...
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60

NPR

By Mark Jenkins
Ultimately, this intriguing but scattershot movie turns on the incompatibility of two worldviews - the corporate-financial vs. the...
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60

Time Out New York

While the movie occasionally stretches too far to maintain thematic coherence, its momentum is sustained by the urgency of its case...
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60

Variety

By Rob Nelson
Payback is a rarefied conceptual documentary that will appeal to a limited but highly appreciative audience.
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50

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
All are subjects worthy of discussion, but tackling them in one film disrupts the movie's momentum and shortchanges viewers. Baichwal could...
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50

Village Voice

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Cinematic globe-trotting doesn't necessarily trump reading a good book, it turns out; then again, more movies should be burdened with the...
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50

The New York Times

By A.O. Scott
You can't help feeling that the movie owed its subject - and its audience - a bit more.
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40

The Hollywood Reporter

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Aesthetically, it's desultory. Talking-heads rants and ruminations are further stultified by the amateurish aesthetics. Visually, zooms,...
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