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Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve

Documentary . History . News

Nearly 100 years after its creation, the power of the U.S. Federal Reserve has never been greater. Markets and governments around the world hold their breath in anticipation of the Fed Chairman's every word. Yet the average person knows very little about the most powerful - and least understood - financial institution on earth. Narrated by Liev Schreiber, Money For Nothing is the first film to take viewers inside the Fed and reveal the impact of Fed policies - past, present, and future - on our lives. Join current and former Fed officials as they debate the critics, and each other, about the decisions that helped lead the global financial system to the brink of collapse in 2008. And why we might be headed there again.

Actors: Liev Schreiber , Paul Volcker , Janet Yellen , Peter Atwater
Directors: Jim Bruce
Country: USA , CANADA
Release: 2013-09-06
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  • Bill Stamets

    [An] informing if not inflaming documentary.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Kevin Jagernauth

    With a blitz of talking heads and graphs and technical jargon, Money For Nothing can be exhausting viewing at times, and it's certainly not the most cinematic experience... But it's never unclear.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Geoff Berkshire

    A thoughtful, detailed chronicle of the Fed’s origins, responsibilities and shifting monetary policies.

    Variety Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    Actor Liev Schreiber’s voice-over narration is filled with sonorous urgency, but as the film’s commentators acknowledge, some ideas are a hard sell: How do politicians and regulators convince the public on the benefits of a financial diet when a spending spree sounds much more fun?

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • John DeFore

    Money for Nothing feels less prophetic than generally handwringing -- it's just enough to produce vague worry in the unschooled without moving policymakers to do anything they're not already doing.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Michael Nordine

    Bruce may succeed in making you wary of the Fed, but, unfortunately, he's also likely to make you wary of his film.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Mark Feeney

    The best thing about Money for Nothing is the many talking heads trying to explain what monetary policy is and what the Fed does: controlling the supply of money and, with any luck, guiding the economy.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    The film is less a look into the Fed’s head than a presentation of its history, going back even farther than its creation in 1913, in response to a series of early 20th-century banking panics.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Neil Genzlinger

    The film doesn’t really live up to its subtitle. There is little sense of what kinds of debates take place at board meetings or how pressure is applied behind closed doors.

    The New York Times Full Review